Inflammation: 6 Vitamins that fight inflammation
While inflammation is a natural response of the human body, sustained inflammation can cause more harm than good.
Whenever you get a cut, a bruise or even a sprained ankle, your body responds by going into healing mode.
Inflammation is a major part of the body repairing itself from whatever is causing it physical harm.
There are two types: acute and chronic.
What is acute inflammation?
Acute inflammation is your body’s natural reaction to injuries, infections, and illnesses. It is short-term and can last anywhere between a few hours to a few days.
Subacute inflammation can last a little longer: between two to six weeks.
You may experience the following signs when acute inflammation sets in:
You may experience temporary redness around the area of your injury or bruise due to an increased blood supply in the surrounding capillaries.
It is natural to have pain in the affected area; it could be continuous or triggered by touch.
The affected area may be subject to some fluids building up and, as a result, some swelling.
- Loss of bodily functions
You may experience difficulty with basic functions like breathing, moving joints, and other such things.
- Feeling hot
Similar to redness, the affected area may become hot to the touch due to increased blood flow.
These signs may not be present with every incident of inflammation. Sometimes, you may simply feel unwell, tired, or have a fever.
What is chronic inflammation?
Chronic inflammation is a long-term condition that can last for months or even years.
It is linked to multiple serious health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis, among others.
It can occur due to several reasons. It is typically seen in people with excess body fat, people who exercise excessively, and people who suffer from chronic stress, among others.
Making adjustments to diet and lifestyle can lower the risk of chronic inflammation.
Research also suggests that ensuring that a body receives the required quantities of certain vitamins is less likely to develop chronic inflammation.
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Which vitamins lower the risk of long-term inflammation?
Vitamin A contributes to your immune system not overreacting to injuries and illnesses. In turn, it plays a role in preventing inflammation.
- Milk and dairy products
- Green, leafy vegetables
We refer to vitamins B6, B9, and B12.
These B vitamins have been observed to lower homocysteine levels in the body. Homocysteine is an amino acid that plays a role in increasing the risk for rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease.
The three B vitamins also lower C-reactive protein levels. C-reactive proteins are produced in a person’s liver when their body is experiencing inflammation.
- Beef liver
- Red meat
- Fruits and vegetables
- Milk and dairy products
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Vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant. With its antioxidant qualities, vitamin C helps rid the body of free radicals.
Less free radicals mean a lower risk of inflammation.
Vitamin C is also extremely effective at bringing down C-reactive protein levels in a body.
Other than deterring inflammation markers, vitamin C is extremely important for a healthy immune system.
- Citrus fruits
- Leafy, green vegetables
Vitamin D deficiency is linked to a wide array of health problems, including IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
While vitamin D is absolutely essential to healthy immune function, it also provides powerful anti-inflammatory benefits.
Research has found a link between the presence of inflammation and low vitamin D levels.
While some foods do contain the vitamin, the only significant source is the sun. The human skin produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.
The only other way to receive the necessary amounts is through supplements.
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Vitamin supplements are a fantastic way to give your body that extra dose of nutritional goodness.
However, regardless of what vitamin supplements you plan on incorporating into your lifestyle, it is always important to consult with an expert.
It is also equally important to make sure you know exactly which vitamins your body may be lacking.
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