Chronic Inflammation and Related Conditions
Published at 28 Mar 2014

When you hear the word “inflammation”, you usually think about a short term (acute) symptom caused by a tissue injury or an infection and that usually resolves spontaneously or in a short lapse of time. Acute inflammation is a normal, immediate, temporary and helpful component of the body's response to injury.

Yet, there's also another type of inflammation that is Chronic inflammation is a silent, low-level disturbance that causes a domino effect throughout the body. It's a stress-induced type of inflammation and it can be go undetected for years, spreading all over the body and destructing cells.

 


Chronic inflammation results from an over-expression or lack of control of the normal protective inflammatory mechanism, and it's often linked to an impaired immune response.

Several are the stress-factors that can trigger a chronic inflammation process, such as:

  • free radical oxidative damage
  • high blood sugar levels
  • high levels of uric acid
  • high cholesterol level
  • high cortisol levels


Risk factors for chronic inflammation include:

  • Age
  • Obesity
  • Diet rich in fats or high in chalories
  • low sex homones
  • Smoke
  • Sleep disorders
  • Periodontal diseae
  • Stress




Several degenerative diseases have been associated with chronic inflammation, such as:

  • Arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Chron's disease
  • Anemia
  • Fibromylagia
  • Cardiovascular diseases, like artherosclerosis, stroke, heart failure, etc.
  • Cancer, such as lymphoma, prostate, ovarian, pancreatic, colorectal and lung
  • Diabetes
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Depression
  • Cognitive decline and Alzheimer's


Mild exercise and a diet rich in fibers and low in chalories and trans-fats is the first step in addressing chronic inflammation.

Some natural substances added to an healthy diet and lifestyle can be helpful as well, such as:

  • Minerals such as magnesium, zinc and selenium
  • Vitamins D and E
  • Carotenoids
  • Resveratrol
  • Curcumin
  • Green Tea because its content in EGCG polyphenols
  • DHEA
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • N-acetyl cysteine
  • Boswellia serrata
  • Bromelain
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Benfotiamine