The Role of Inflammation in Chronic Disease
Writer, editor, blogger, natural health enthusiast, new mom, and owner of Cedar Hill Creative
Posted Jul 15, 2016
Scan any article about inflammation and you’ll see medical terminology jumping off the page: anti-inflammatories, chronic disease, immune response … It’s enough to make your head spin! We know how confusing all of this jargon can sound to non-scientists, and we’re here to help.
What is inflammation, anyway?
We’ve all experienced inflammation. Short-term inflammation can be the body’s healthy response to injury or infection, such as when we sprain our wrists or fight off a cold. Symptoms include heat and swelling at the point of injury.
It’s when inflammation occurs unfelt and undetected at the cellular level that it can be most dangerous to our health. In fact, scientists now believe that many chronic diseases (such as high blood sugar, heart disease, arthritis, and even brain or nervous problems) may be caused in part by an unresolved inflammatory state in our bodies.
What can we do about it?
The good news is that there’s a lot we can do to control inflammation in our bodies. Eating a healthy, balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and healthy fats is a great start. Reducing our intake of unhealthy trans fats and refined sugars is also important. There is also a variety of anti-inflammatory supplements.
Choosing a better product
Remember, always consult your health care practitioner to ensure that a supplement is right for you.
When choosing an anti-inflammatory supplement, it’s important to focus on the synergy of the ingredients—do they work well together? The components of Serra-Plus are top-quality natural anti-inflammatories. The star of the supplement is the anti-inflammatory enzyme serrapeptase, which is added at the highest level allowed by Health Canada. Also included are curcumin, bromelain, papain, and boswellia.
Curcumin (derived from the spice turmeric), ginger, and black pepper are not just delicious in cooking—they’re also potent anti-inflammatories. Bromelain (derived from pineapples) and papain (derived from papaya) are well-known anti-inflammatory enzymes. Finally, boswellia is derived from a type of tree sap. It has been shown to reduce the inflammation process by targeting pro-inflammatory agents.