Inflammation:

Reference From Phyllis A. Balch

Inflammation is a natural reaction to injury or infection. The presents of inflammation causes the body's immune system to respond as a reaction to repair the injury. The affected tissues swell, redden, become warm and tender, and may be painful. Proteins called cytokines attach the threatening germ and repair damaged tissues. Too much inflammation can do the body harm, leading to immobility, weight loss, and a weakening of muscle tissue and the power to fight disease. Disorders that involve specific types and or locations of inflammation include, just to name a few:

Cardiovascular disease also may be at least partly a result of inflammation in the linings of the arteries. Things that can trigger inflammation include:

Any organ or tissue in the body, internal or external can become inflamed. Internal inflammation is often caused by bacterial infection, but can also be caused by disorders such as:

External inflammation is most often the result of injury, but can also result from or be aggrevated by allergies, infection and other factors. Unfortuantely, it is often difficult to identify the source or sources of inflammation.


Listed Below Are Some Nutrients That May Help Heal Inflammation


Vitamin A Needed for new cell growth, healthy skin, hair, and tissues, and vision in dim light
Sources: dark green and yellow vegetables and yellow fruits, such as broccoli spinach, turnip greens, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cantaloupe, apricots, and in animal sources such as liver, milk, butter, cheese, and whole eggs.
Vitamin D Promotes absorption and use of calcium and phosphate for healthy bones and teeth
Sources: milk (fortified), cheese, whole eggs, liver, salmon, and fortified margarine. The skin can synthesize vitamin D if exposed to enough sunlight on a regular basis.
Vitamin E Protects red blood cells and helps prevent destruction of vitamin A and C
Sources: wheat germ, green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin K Necessary for normal blood clotting and synthesis of proteins found in plasma, bone, and kidneys.
Sources: spinach, lettuce, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, wheat bran, organ meats, cereals, some fruits, meats, free range dairy products, eggs.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) An antioxidant vitamin needed for the formation of collagen to hold the cells together and for healthy teeth, gums and blood vessels; improves iron absorption and resistance to infection.
Sources: fresh vegetables and fruits, such as broccoli, green and red peppers, collard greens, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, lemon, cabbage, pineapples, strawberries, citrus fruits
Thiamin (B1) Needed for energy metabolism and the proper function of the nervous system
Sources: whole grains, peas, liver, kidney, legumes, seeds, and nuts.
Riboflavin (B2) Needed for energy metabolism, building tissue, and helps maintain good vision.
Sources: free range dairy products, lean meats, poultry, fish, whole grains, broccoli, turnip greens, asparagus, spinach, and enriched food products.
Niacin Needed for energy metabolism, proper digestion, and healthy nervous system
Sources: lean meats, liver, poultry, raw milk, canned salmon, leafy green vegetables
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) Needed for cell growth
Sources: chicken, fish, liver, kidney, whole grains, nuts, and legumes
Folate
(Folic Acid)
Promotes normal digestion; essential for development of red blood cells
Sources: liver, dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, and some fruits
Vitamin B12 Needed for building proteins in the body, red blood cells, and normal function of nervous tissue
Sources: liver, kidney, yogurt, raw dairy products, fish, salmon, sardines
Calcium Needed for healthy bones and teeth, normal blood clotting, and nervous system functioning
Sources: raw dairy products, broccoli, cabbage, kale, sardines and salmon
Iron Needed for the formation of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen from the lungs to the body cells
Sources: meats, eggs, dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, whole grains and enriched food products
Phosphorus Needed for healthy bones and teeth, energy metabolism, and acidbase balance in the body
Sources: raw milk, grains, lean meats
Magnesium Needed for healthy bones and teeth, proper nervous system functioning, and energy metabolism
Sources: raw dairy products, meat, fish, poultry, green vegetables, legumes
Zinc Needed for cell reproduction, tissue growth and repair
Sources: meat, fish, liver, eggs, milk, whole grain products
Pantothenic Acid Needed for energy metabolism
Sources: eggs, liver, kidney, broccoli, lean beef, raw milk, sweet potatoes, molasses
Copper Needed for synthesis of hemoglobin, proper iron metabolism, and maintenance of blood vessels
Sources: fish, nuts, legumes, green leafy vegetables
Manganese Needed for enzyme structure
Sources: whole grain products, fruits, vegetables, tea

Herbal remedies may also help reduce inflammation. For a list please see Medical Herbs


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