As well as your body having to deal with free radicals, glycation and methylation it also has to manage the process of healthy inflammation. This is an ongoing battle which is being waged every second of the day. As with the other factors impacting health, the causes of chronic inflammation cannot be narrowed down to only one thing. All of these issues tend to be interrelated!
If it is not managed, chronic inflammation can wreak havoc in your body. In fact, some scientists believe that chronic inflammation is the cause of most age related damage. This is because excessive inflammation causes toxic chemicals which eat away body tissues, thus leading to poor heart health, cognitive decline, poor joint health and metabolic syndrome, just to mention a few.
For example, let’s take MDA (malondialdehyde). MDA is a dangerous chemical byproduct formed in your body as a result of the action of free radicals on the fatty membranes of your cells. It is a major factor in the production of AGEs (advanced glycation end products) from glycation. This same chemical, MDA, is also implicated in unhealthy inflammation.
This perhaps helps to show how nothing works in isolation!
Cut the supply line!
Using the example of MDA… If you reduce the excess amount of free radicals in your body through the use of anti-oxidants then you will reduce the oxidation of your cell membranes which will in turn reduce the formation of MDA which in turn will reduce glycation and thus the formation of AGEs…and this will help support healthy inflammation management. In other words...cut the supply line.
However, it is not possible to control all the free radicals, so no matter how many anti-oxidants you take, MDA is still going to form…and will continue to attempt to produce AGEs which in turn can contribute to chronic inflammation. So, this is why it is so important to take Carnosine in addition to anti-oxidants in order to minimize the formation of AGEs.
But…not all AGEs can be avoided so you have to ensure that you help your body’s ability to support healthy inflammation in ADDITION to the other key factors that impact health!
If you don’t, your ‘age defying’ or ‘wellness’ program can never be successful.
To demonstrate this further…a component of chronic inflammation is excitotoxicity. If allowed to ‘continue’ the result is the death of brain cells leading to further health issues. Excitotoxicity occurs when brain cells get overexcited due to excess glutamate in the diet. MSG and other flavor enhancers are the culprits here and should be kept to a minimum in your diet.
Some doctors and marketers on the internet promote Omega 3 fish oil as the answer to support healthy inflammation management. There is no doubt that this component of Omega 3 fish oils are very helpful in supporting healthy inflammation management within the body…but, it is only dealing with one component of the much broader picture.
Key nutrients that can work in synergy with Omega 3 fish oil to support healthy inflammation management are:
Alpha lipoic acid
(All of these are present in Xtend-Life’s Total Balance)
One of the biggest challenges we have at Xtend-Life is trying to explain to customers how Total Balance works. Unfortunately most consumers have been ‘educated’ that excess free radicals are the biggest concern in any wellness or age defying program. Lately that ‘education’ has been expanded by marketers of fish oils, to include chronic inflammation.
But…just helping to support the management of excessive free radicals with anti-oxidants or healthy inflammation with fish oils will NOT achieve what you want. It is only PART of what is needed. It takes a broad range of nutrients to effectively support health.
Each part has to be addressed from multiple angles, and EVERY part of the equation also needs to be dealt with.
There is a reason why we have well over 70 nutrients in every version of our Total Balance complete nutrient system! Each nutrient is there for a reason and has been carefully integrated. The individual nutrients have also been studied and included for specific benefits.
Hopefully this series of explanations about the key factors that influence health will help to give you a better understanding of what you need to do in order to give your body the best possible support against degenerative conditions and thus enjoy vibrant health as nature intended...
…but it is hard to achieve this in without a helping hand from products such as Xtend-Life’s Total Balance…
All versions of Total Balance support these issues.