November 2008 Issue

7 Nutrients Help Control The Insidious Inflammation That Fuels Disease

Not all inflammation is obvious. Thereís inflammation you can see, such as when you cut your finger and it gets red. And then thereís inflammation you canít see, the kind that occurs in your body, affecting blood vessels and organs. Research continues to mount implicating uncontrolled, invisible inflammation like this as a key villain in the development of several chronic diseases, such as arthritis, heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. While the inflammation in your finger is a sign the body is helping itself heal, chronic inflammation does the opposite; it leads to the breakdown of tissues and ultimately contributes to health problems that can affect the entire body. Fortunately, there is much you can do to keep inflammation from running amok. The anti-inflammation trio of not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly are key defenders. But eating a balanced diet is pivotal too. Here, EN looks at seven nutrients that may be particularly helpful for managing inflammation.

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