Measuring Chronic Inflammation and How to Reverse it

If you are suffering from chronic inflammation you will often have general feelings of pain, fatigue, and low energy. You will have more colds, infections and bouts with the flu. Inflammation that goes on for a long period of time is not healthy. Acute inflammation is important in healing body tissue and eliminating infections and disease. Ongoing and re-occuring inflammation is a major health risk.

Chronic Inflammation

Conditions and diseases that are linked to chronic inflammation include:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Eczema
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Parkinson's disease

In reality the very system in the body that is made to promote healing is now causing problems. This can include increased risk to joints, body organs and overall health.

C-Reactive Protein And Inflammation

When there is ongoing inflammation or when acute inflammation occurs the body makes higher levels of C-reactive protein. A simple blood test is all that is needed to see if the C-reactive protein (CRP) is higher than normal.

This test cannot tell the doctor where the inflammation is in the body. Since many people with chronic types of inflammation just feel run down and sick all over it is often a difficult task to locate site of inflammation. Those with osteoarthritis may have joint and body pain all over. People with other conditions may have stomach pains or pain in the neck, spine or the lymph nodes of the body.

Omega 3 Supplements And Inflammation

Krill oil Omega 3 supplements can help to lower CRP levels in the body and also reduce inflammation. It is important to choose pure krill oil for several reasons. You will also need to limit your intake of any supplements or foods that are high in Omega 6 fatty acids. These include most cereal grains such as wheat or rice. Omega 6 fatty acids are used in the acute response to inflammation and can make chronic infection worse rather than better.

The most important part of Omega 3 fatty acids in fighting inflammation is the presence of EPA and DHA. These are both found in krill oil in high concentration and are natural anti-inflammatories. They actually produce specific enzymes that shut down the out of control response of the body that is creating the problem.

This is a very complex process but it is easy to understand if you just think of it in simple form. The EPA actually uses the same materials in the cells that the harmful enzymes use. In other words it takes materials away from the inflammation response to create a calming response in the cells.

If you have chronic inflammation adding Antarctic krill oil will help your body to heal itself. This will definitely help to avoid health issues and allow you to live a healthier life.

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