Inflammation occurs as a natural protective response of our bodies to fend off any aggressors and to begin the healing process. The impact on the body’s tissues usually involves pain, heat and redness. However, there are some cases that the external effects are not visible.
Inflammation is a double-edged sword; its effect can be helpful or harmful depending on the circumstances. When an inflammation is in chronic state, devastating consequences are likely to happen like arthritis, heart disease or stroke. It usually happens when the cause of inflammation is continually reintroduced or if the acute inflammatory response is not able to eliminate it. This situation is very likely to happen nowadays because of our exposure to implausible amounts of toxins.
Some toxins can be avoided such as poor food choices, smoking and prolonged sun exposure. There are some situations that we encounter we do not have control such as genetics, accidents and pollution. Because there are factors that we can’t control that are dangerous and detrimental to good health, we can also take food supplements that are effective in strengthening the body against the effects of inflammation. The most effective food supplement according to a recent study is fish oil.
The occurrences of chronic inflammation among Western countries is placing importance and urgency on specialists to deal with preventive measures. The reason behind the rise in cases is that the western population is impacted by stress, obesity and poor health in general. Many offer anti-inflammatory drugs reduce inflammation, but long-term treatment has lethal effects.
So what is your safest option if you have inflammation? Research on alternative medicines revealed that certain dietary supplements can help reduce levels of pro-inflammatory factors, with significantly lower side effects. One of these dietary supplements is the essential fatty acids or EFAs.
Essential fatty acids are necessary for various aspects of normal physiology like: mediating immune response, regulating bodily secretions and their viscosity, dilating and constricting blood vessels, regulating collateral circulation, directing endocrine hormones to their target cells, regulating smooth muscles and autonomic reflexes, being primary constituents of cell membranes, regulating the rate of cell division, maintaining the fluidity and rigidity of cellular membranes, regulating the flow of substances into and out from cells, transporting oxygen from red blood cells to the tissues, maintaining proper kidney function and fluid balance, keeping saturated fats mobile in the bloodstream, preventing blood clots, mediating the release of inflammatory eicosanoids that may trigger allergic conditions, and regulating nerve transmission and communication. (Source: Fish Oil: The Natural Anti-inflammatory by Joseph C. Maroon and Jeffrey Bost, 2006, page 39).
Fish oil is the best source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. But why fish oil, you might ask? The necessary nutrients can also be found in green plants, algae (phytoplankton), perilla leaf and seed crops, and linseed oil. Fish oil but it is considered as the most important food sources of omega-3 EFAs because they contain ALA derivatives and DHA.
The two mentioned nutrients can almost exclusively found in seafood. Fish contains high amount of EPA and DHA because they are at the top of food chain based on algae, a single-marine organism that manufactures huge amount of EPA and DHA.
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