Inflammation...the Good and the Bad!

January 2016, Warren Matthews

Summary

Most of us are aware of the damage that uncontrolled inflammation can cause in our bodies. In fact, many experts agree that inflammation is one of the most significant contributors in cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and other degenerative diseases.

Most of us are aware of the damage that uncontrolled inflammation can cause in our bodies. In fact, many experts agree that inflammation is one of the most significant contributors in cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and other degenerative diseases. General inflammation in the body is measured by levels of C-Reactive Protein in the blood...which is a simple blood test.

It is probably a more reliable indicator of pending cardiovascular problems than high levels of Cholesterol.

Making an effort to controlling excessive inflammation in the body is one of the smartest things you can do if your objective is a long and healthy life.

I came across a well written article recently on the subject of inflammation, particularly as it relates to the brain. But, incorporated in this article is a really good explanation of how a process for ‘good’ inflammation in the body can become the body’s worst enemy. It is worth reading to gain a better understanding of what goes on in your body.

I would urge you when you next have your regular blood tests done to ensure your Doctor includes the test for C-Reactive Protein. The lower the reading the better. As  point of interest my C-Reactive Protein is 0.5 which is the level expected of a healthy child. I put this down to having taken my Omega 3 fish oil every day for the last 15 years.

As you will see in the article, long term drug intervention is not particularly effective in lowering inflammation in the blood and it can lead to other problems. Best you use a natural preventative therapy like I do in keeping your body functioning normally.

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4 Comments

  • “I enjoyed reading the article you suggested.  Also written so that a lay person could understand how all these brain interactions work.  I also agree that a good quality fish oil or omegas do help over the long run, if taken for a long period of time as Warren pointed out.  I am 61 and I take up to six a day at least 4 days a week, and find it helps my overall lipid panel.  Last blood levels were a couple of months back with total chol. at 226, trigyl. 52, and an HDl of 112.  My gut feeling though is that Xtend-Life’s ultra formula helps everything, not just your cholesterol levels.  Years ago I remember when fish oil was first introduced some people referred to it as "brain food".  Well, I think that holds true even more today than ever, again my own opinion.  Not everyone agrees with what it can or can’t do., but I truly am a firm believer in it, and will take it for as long as I can afford it.  And thank you Warren for making a great supplement!!”

    Barbara Meier - January 16 2016

  • “Agreed ! Except for the fish oil.”

    Mike - January 16 2016

  • “Mike, What’s the problem with fish oil?  Tell us so we can be educated. Thank you.”

    Max - January 22 2016

  • “Hi Mike, Not really sure what the question about the fish oil is.  We do not have any problems with out fish oil, although I know some companies do as a result of oxidation.  But the specifications that we adhere to and the processes that we follow ensure we don’t have that problem. Every batch we produce is tested for oxidation which if high can caused rancidity which we have never had. There was a report released recently by a University in New Zealand that got wide coverage claiming that the bulk of the oils they tested were rancid, but that ‘report’ is highly questionable because of their testing methods.  The problem with testing fish oils is that they will oxidise quickly and if the lab allows the oils to be exposed to air for to long then will indeed go rancid.  Ours was not in the list of products that they claimed were rancid. So, I guess it may not seem that I am answering your question fully but we are unaware of any problem that relates to our fish oil. Warren”

    Warren Matthews - January 22 2016

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