Inflammation: Turning Down the Brain Heat
Inflammation is considered a normal physiological response to stress, our immune system's way of coping with injury or irritation.
Higher levels of sustained inflammation can pose grave threat to otherwise healty tissues in the body. In some cases, the body loses its ability to regulate itw own inflammatory reaction, which can damage tissues [joints in rheumatoid arthritis and nervous tissue in multiple sclerosis]. Inflammation is implicated in cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's
The inflammatory response to deposits of beta-amyloid protein plaque in the brain ages the brain more rapidly. This results in a condition, "chronic immune activation." Here's how it works:
Brain produces amyloid plaques that mycroglia brain cells reconize shouldn't be there, a foreign substance that should be removed. In response the microglia release inflammatory chemicals to clean out the plaque, but without success. Thus, the plaque and the inflammatory chemicals accumulate in the brain that leads to a chronic state of inlammation. The inflammation compounds and causes a secondary health issue in the Alzheimer's brain.
The inflammation can be treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NASIDs, such as ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve), but this results in risks of doing irreparable harm to your stock or kidneys in the process. There's a healthier way to turn off the inflmmation.
Dietary and Nutritional Supplements:
Curcumin (Curcuma longa) is a more potent antioxidant that vitamin E, and a more potent anti-inflammatory than ibuprofen. It works by turning off a protein that promotes an abnormal inflammatory response in the body. Curcumin prevents platelets from clumping together to form blood clots, and is believed to lower cholesterol.
Therapeutic doses of curcumin amd curcumin with bioprene are available in capusle form at Brava Nutrition's professional brands vitamins and nutraceuticals.
Cinnamon is another powerful inflammatory spice. It works its magic by regulating metabolism and keeping insulin levels in check. A single capsule of cinnamon or a teaspoon of this spice is recommended daily as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
Polyphenols are powerful anti-inflammatories and weapons in fighting against age-related neurdegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Increase your intake with professional brands vitamins and neutraceuticals and dietary intake of fruits and vegetables with high polyphenol compounds in berry fruits, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.
The best protection is to take charge of your health now, and reap the benefits for the rest of your life. "Treat your brain right while it's still healthy and you will extend the life of your mind and body for many years to come."Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, MD Geriatric Neurologist.
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