Article by Maggi & John Cameron
Now, scientists are finding even more links between chronic inflammation and a wide variety of conditions including:
· Cardio Vascular disease and lung problems
· Many types of Pain (fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, arthritis)
· Alzheimer’s Disease
· Gum disease
· Eye Problems (more on these later)
Inflammation has been well-documented* as playing a part in these conditions – often intensifying symptoms and effects. Time Magazine wrote an article on chronic inflammation calling it “The Secret Killer” and linking it to many serious diseases. Since then research has discovered just how badly it affects our health. So how does chronic inflammation affect you and can you reduce it?
First things first: What is inflammation?
Inflammation is the immune system’s response to damage. This damage can arise from trauma, bacterial, viral or parasitic infection, stress, genetic abnormalities, metabolic disorders and a host of other sources. Modern lifestyle also contributes to inflammation: poor diet, stress, overweight, sedentary lifestyle and smoking. Inflammation causes erythema (redness), oedema (swelling), heat, pain and loss of function.
· Heart Problems – chronic inflammation is believed to contribute to the formation of plaque in blood vessels, as well as the formation of blood clots. When blood clots break free into the blood, they can block blood flow to the brain or heart, resulting in a heart attack or stroke.
· Brain Problems – chronic inflammation plays a role in Alzheimer’s disease, yet scientists are still uncertain what that role is. One common theory is that inflammation kicks into gear due to plaques and tangles in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. In trying to solve the problem, inflammation just makes matters worse.
· Joint Problems – chronic inflammation of the joints can result in destroyed ligaments and tendons, damage to joint cartilage and bone and even bone erosion. This leads to pain, deformity and an inability to perform daily tasks – drastically affecting quality of life.
· Muscular Problems - Factors that cause fibromyalgia are usually a combination of genetics, infections and physical or emotional trauma. Symptoms include fatigue, chronic and widespread pain, prolonged muscle spasms, nerve pain, palpitation, muscle twitching, bowel disturbance, among others. Inflammation is also one of the most important factors associated with Fibromyalgia. Nopalea and Fibromyalgia are fast becoming by-words by those who suffer from it.
· Mouth and Gum Problems – dental researchers once thought bacterial infections caused gum disease, but now it is thought that some of the more severe symptoms of gum disease are attributable to chronic inflammation. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health, report that inflammation can even break down bone and connective tissue that keep the teeth in place.
· Emotional Health Problems – chronic inflammation may even play a role in your emotions. Scientists at the University of Illinois (Champaign/Urbana) discovered that an enzyme secreted by the immune system caused inflammatory-related, depression-like symptoms in mice. Inflammation is linked with conditions often accompanied by depression – such as diabetes, cancer and cardiac disease – researchers continue to study chronic inflammation’s role in depression.
· Eye Problems- often occur from inflammatory disease affecting other parts of the body including rheumatoid arthritis, virus, fungus, bacteria or parasite. There are four types of uveitis (eye inflammation): Iritis - affects the iris, Cyclitis is inflammation of the middle portion of the eye, Retinitisaffects the back of the eye, Choroiditis is an inflammation of the layer beneath the retina.
· Cancer Problems – although researchers haven’t discovered the exact mechanism of chronic inflammation’s role in cancer, they believe it encourages cancer growth. According to the American Cancer Society, inflammation creates just the right conditions for cancer cells to grow and multiply.
Can Inflammation be reversed Naturally?
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Scientific research shows that Betalains help to:
· Reduce the risk of blood clots – Betalains protect the thin lining of your blood vessels; this helps reduce the inflammation that makes the blood sticky and leads to clots.1
· Reduce bad cholesterol -- Betalains strongly reduce oxidized LDL cholesterol.2
· Protect cells from toxins -- Betalains protect many types of cells, especially brain cells, from toxins known to trigger tumours.3
· Protect the liver -- Betalains provide significant protection from toxins that directly
The Betalains in Nopal Cactus wellness drink harness the power of this ancient desert super fruit to bring scientifically proven health benefits. The Nopal Cactus Betalains have been scientifically proven, in hundreds of studies, to help the body detoxify and to reduce inflammation.
10 Mar 2011
Last Update: 26 Mar 2014
Article/Information supplied by Maggi & John Cameron
Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.