Inflammation plays an important role in the body’s immune response to illness and injury — the swelling and redness when you bang your elbow signals that your body is attempting to heal itself or fight infection. That’s the good.
Now the bad: Inflammation can lead to more serious problems, particularly when it persists over time. In fact, chronic inflammation is the driving factor of the nation’s No. 1 killer: heart disease.
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Here’s the ugly: Cardiovascular disease isn’t the only health hazard tied to inflammation, notes renowned neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, a Newsmax contributor and editor of The Blaylock Wellness Report newsletter. “I’m talking about the biggest killers known to man — cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s,” he says.
“Rapidly accumulating evidence now indicates that when inflammation continues for too long or is too intense, it can be very destructive, and even result in [these and] other diseases.”
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But Blaylock says there’s light in this gloomy scenario: A host of supplements, natural products, and healthy habits — including making simple changes in your diet — can help combat the ravages of runaway inflammation. Conventional doctors have long used painkillers called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, to ease inflammation — such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin — as well as steroid hormones. But these drugs carry well-known side effects and are generally not a good long-term solution.
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Alternative medicine practitioners have long turned to herbs and natural substances that have anti-inflammatory properties. Blaylock says he has seen tremendous results in his patients who have used alternative therapies to knock down inflammation naturally. Among his favorites are vitamin C, apigenin, hesperidin, vinpocetine, luteolin, bromelain, resveratrol, quercetin, and green tea.
Blaylock notes that it’s equally important to avoid common causes of inflammation in the diet and in the environment. “The first step to reducing inflammation is to reduce your exposure to ... mercury, aluminum, cadmium, lead, pesticides, herbicides, and industrial chemicals,” he says.
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