Inflammation is one of those medical terms that we all think we understand, and what we think we understand scares us.
Most of us understand enough Latin for Inflammation to sound frightening. The term comes from the Latin word “inflammo”, that is, “I ignite” or “I set alight”. Most of us understand that inflammation is a response from our auto-immune system. Perhaps the thought of all those little auto-immune thingies running around our insides setting things alight is a frightening image.
The fiery image of inflammation comes from the “four cardinal signs” of inflammation: Redness, Heat, Swelling and Pain. The first two signs, the redness and heat which give inflammation its name, are the result of extra blood being directed to the site of the inflammation. When these are combined with the swelling and pain that accompany it, there is no wonder inflammation has a bad reputation.
It should be remembered that inflammation is a series of responses by the auto-immune system to what the body perceives as harmful stimuli. Inflammation is part of the body’s process to repair and heal itself. Without inflammation, wounds and injuries would not heal.
The actions of the immune system have been compared to an army defending a castle, and this can be a rather accurate metaphor. Inflammation is further classified as acute or chronic, and this division fits the military metaphor as well.
An invasion of the body, whether by a small wood sliver or a dangerous pathogen, is seen as an attack. Like soldiers anywhere, the initial response of the immune system is to counterattack, surround, and overwhelm the threat. This “acute inflammation” response can be amazingly effective at protecting the body. The inflammation attack can be hard on the body, it will require nutritional resources to carry out and recover from.
Chronic inflammation is inflammation that continues for a lengthy period of time. Like a long term combat operation, the relative costs are often higher with chronic inflammation. More resources will naturally be expended in the longer fight, but a greater return in resource investment is not necessarily guaranteed.
A good way to help prevent acute inflammation from becoming chronic is to ensure the body is able to use its nutritional resources efficiently. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that helps to protect the body from free radical compounds, which are known to have a damaging effect. Vitamin A has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Many of the B-complex vitamins, particularly B-5 and B-6, have shown anti-inflammatory properties.
People with Vitamin C deficiency tend to have high levels of C-Reactive Proteins. CRP is a marker for the inflammation associated with heart disease. Vitamin C is also a very powerful antioxidant.
Because there are so many vitamins and other supplements that may be helpful with inflammation, a multi-vitamin supplement may have the best benefits. If you do decide to use a vitamin supplement, we hope you will take a close look at the high purity supplements provided by BioSynergy.