Conquering the Greatest Risk to Humanity: Chronic Inflammation
Definition of Inflammation: Acute vs. Chronic
Chronic inflammation refers to a persistent and long-term inflammatory response in the body. While acute inflammation is a normal and essential part of the immune response to injury or infection, chronic unresolved inflammation can be detrimental to our overall health. It can lead to immune system dysfunction, including a compromised ability to fight infections and an increased susceptibility to foreign invaders such as pathogens.
Why is Chronic Inflammation Dangerous?
While not a disease itself, chronic inflammation can contribute to the development and progression of various chronic diseases. These include cardiovascular diseases, such as atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries),1 heart disease2 and stroke.3 Chronic inflammation is also linked to conditions like diabetes,2 obesity,2 certain types of cancer,4 autoimmune disorders5 and neurodegenerative conditions.6 While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, anti-inflammatory foods are showing promising results in supporting healthy inflammation, thereby reducing the incidents of conditions related to chronic inflammation.7
Nutritional Supplements for Chronic Inflammation
Anti-Inflammatory Support from the Desert
Nopalea is a delicious, nutrient-rich, ready-to-drink dietary supplement made from the purest and freshest Opuntia ficus-indica superfruit from the Nopal cactus. The Nopal cactus grows in the Sonoran Desert, and its fruit contains potent antioxidants called bioflavonoids that promote cellular health. Nopalea is a scientifically supported food supplement with powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. It may be considered one of the best nutritional supplements for chronic inflammation, as study results have shown that consuming three ounces of Nopalea per day for eight weeks improved the following health outcomes:
- Reduced C-reactive protein in the blood, a marker for measuring inflammation
- Improved joint mobility, range of motion and flexibility in the neck, back and joints
- Improved quality of life
- Less reliance on pain medication
Turmeric, a bright yellow spice commonly used in Indian cuisine, contains a compound called curcumin, which is responsible for many of its health benefits, including its anti-inflammatory properties. Because curcuminoids are fat soluble, TriVita’s Promeric 95 supplement delivers them in a fat-soluble delivery system — soft gels — to assist with absorption. In one study, the turmeric extract used in Promeric 95 was up to seven times more bioavailable than unformulated curcumin8, making it another of the best nutritional supplements for chronic inflammation.
Here are some of the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric:9
- Reduction of chronic inflammation
- Relief for sore joints
- Improved digestive health
- Support cardiovascular health
- Support for brain health
- Skin health
What Is the Fastest Way to Reduce Inflammation in the Body?
There is no quick-fix for chronic inflammation, so you should keep a number of factors in mind. It’s important to note that chronic inflammation is influenced by various factors, including lifestyle choices, diet, environmental factors and genetics. Managing chronic inflammation involves addressing the underlying causes and adopting a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, a balanced diet, stress management, and avoiding exposure to toxins or pollutants.
Paul Bernitt, DHH
Board-Certified Doctor of Holistic Health and Director of Wellness Services, TriVita, Inc.