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Understanding & Fighting Inflammation Naturally

What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is a defense mechanism in the body. The immune system recognizes damaged cells, irritants, and pathogens, and it begins the healing process. When something harmful or irritating affects a part of our body, there is a biological response to try to remove it.

This inflammatory response is generally referred to as acute inflammation and although the symptoms can be uncomfortable, it is a sign that the body is trying to heal itself.


Good Inflammation
vs.
Bad Inflammation

Often, acute inflammation is perceived as “good,” because it is the body’s attempt to heal itself after an injury, and chronic inflammation as “bad” but it has been said that this is not a very useful distinction. Whether acute or chronic, inflammation is the body’s natural response to a problem, therefore, when chronic inflammation is present, a look in one’s lifestyle should be performed to ascertain the possible cause.


What is Acute Inflammation?

Acute inflammation may present itself as;

  • Pain: The inflamed area is likely to be painful, especially during and after touching. Chemicals that stimulate nerve endings are released, making the area more sensitive.
  • Redness: This occurs because the capillaries in the area are filled with more blood than usual.
  • Immobility: There may be some loss of function in the region of the inflammation.
  • Swelling: This is caused by a build-up of fluid.
  • Heat: More blood flows to the affected area, and this makes it feel warm to the touch.

These five acute inflammation signs only apply to inflammations of the skin. If inflammation occurs deep inside the body, such as in an internal organ, only some of the signs may be noticeable.

Acute inflammation is actually beneficial in the way the body heals itself, however, there is a secondary form of inflammation, known as chronic inflammation.


What is Chronic Inflammation?

Chronic inflammation is not part of the body’s natural healing process, it is a condition where dilated blood vessels and a hyped up immune system become the new norm. The human body is not designed to cope with this unfocused immune activity and research suggests that it may be a causative effect of many diseases and may even accelerate the ageing process in the average person.

Symptoms of chronic inflammation may present as the following symptoms;

  • Fatigue
  • Mouth sores
  • Chest pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Joint pain

Studies have suggested that chronic inflammation may be caused by factors such as; excess weight, poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, smoking, pollution, poor oral health, and excessive alcohol consumption.



Effects of Chronic Inflammation

Many studies are being conducted to understand the implications of chronic inflammation on the body, it is currently believed to affect the below;

Heart
Chronic inflammation has been linked to cardiovascular diseases. Although it is not proven that inflammation causes cardiovascular disease, inflammation is common for heart disease and stroke patients.

Diabetes
Chronic inflammation has been shown to affect insulin signalling, resulting in increased insulin resistance and spiked blood sugar. The spikes trigger white blood cells to attack, and inflammation continues.

Lungs
Chronic inflammation in the lungs is a factor in many problems, such as asthma. When lungs are inflamed, fluid can accumulate, and the airways can narrow, making breathing difficult.

Bones
Chronic inflammation has shown to be associated with increased bone loss and lack of bone growth. Furthermore, inflammation in the gut can decrease the absorption of nutrients that are important to bone health, like calcium and vitamin D.

Mental Health
A 2015 study found that people with depression had 30% more brain inflammation than those who were not depressed. Furthermore, inflammation has been linked to symptoms of depression, including feeling down, loss of appetite and sleep problems.


How to Reduce and Fight Inflammation Naturally

Food
There are many foods that have shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and with the rise in natural remedies, alternative therapies and eating for healthy diets, it is no surprise that more studies are being conducted on foods with healing properties.

The below foods have shown to possess high levels of anti-inflammatory properties;

  • Tomatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Fruit – Strawberries, Blueberries, Oranges
  • Nuts – Almonds, Walnut
  • Leafy Greens – Spinach, Kale
  • Fatty Fish – Salmon, Tuna, Sardines
  • Whole Grains – Brown Rice, Quinoa
  • Herbs & Spices – Turmeric, Cinnamon, Cloves

Eating an anti-inflammatory diet also means staying away from foods that can promote inflammation. It’s best to minimize the amount of foods you eat that are high in saturated and trans fats, such as red meats, dairy products and foods containing partially hydrogenated oils

Although diet plays a large role in inflammation, other factors such as stress, vitamin deficiency and lack of exercise have also shown to increase inflammation.


Natural Supplements
Thanks to a higher number of studies being conducted on natural supplements, medical professionals are recommending them as an alternative to prescription and pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories due to there being a lower risk of negative interactions.

Our Favourite
Turmeric is one of the most popular natural anti-inflammatories and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine because of the combination of nutrients it possesses and their many benefits.

The curcuminoids found within Turmeric are the key inflammation fighting compound And have shown to block inflammatory cytokines and enzymes, including cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), the target of celecoxib (Celebrex).

What many people don’t realise, is that Turmeric is also jam-packed with over 15 other nutrients that are extremely beneficial for our bodies and aid in reducing the effects of inflammation.


Below we have listed these other key nutrients found naturally within the Turmeric root and how they assist our bodily functions.


Nutrients Found in Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

  • Folate (Vitamin B9) is important because it plays a role in DNA synthesis and repair. It encourages cell and tissue growth.
  • Niacin (Vitamin B3) can improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risks. Maintains skin health, supports brain function and helps joint mobility.
  • Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) plays a part in such major functions such as movement, memory, energy expenditure and blood flow.
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) plays a major role in energy production.
  • Vitamin A plays a vital role in bone growth, reproduction and immune system health as well as being essential for eye and vision health.
  • Vitamin C is necessary for the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues. It’s involved in many body functions, including the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.
  • Vitamin E works to block free radicals from the body, which play a large part in the aging process.
  • Vitamin K regulates normal blood clotting as well as transports calcium throughout the body to support bone health.
  • Potassium is used to treat high blood pressure and preventing stroke.
  • Calcium builds and maintains strong bones as well as maintain healthy muscle and nerve function.
  • Copper makes red blood cells and keeps nerve cells and your immune system healthy.
  • Iron is an important component of haemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to transport it throughout your body.
  • Magnesium is crucial to nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, energy production, nutrient metabolism and bone and cell formation.
  • Manganese aids in the formation of connective tissue, production of sex hormones and aids in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation.
  • Phosphorus is another important nutrient that helps build strong bones and teeth.
  • Zinc is needed for the proper growth and maintenance of the human body. It is needed for immune function, wound healing, blood clotting, thyroid function.

Turmeric Nutritional Panel

Below you will see an analysis of the nutrients found within Turmeric. Everything from your daily % value to your vitamins and minerals, to your fats and proteins.


As with most things in life, it is about finding the balance to holistically heal your body and feel the best you possibly can.


Inflammation Fighting Products

This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Results may vary from individual to individual.

8 thoughts on “Understanding & Fighting Inflammation Naturally

  1. Christine says:

    Hi, you don’t mention how many can you take a day, will one a day do?

    1. Admin says:

      Hi Christine
      Directions For Use of the organic Turmeric capsules with black pepper and ginger are:
      Take two capsules twice daily with food or as directed by your healthcare professional. Four capsules per day are equivalent to consuming one teaspoon of turmeric.
      For more information see the link https://turmericaustralia.com.au/product/organic-turmeric-capsules-3-bottle-value-buy/

  2. Pamela says:

    I’ve been taking these capsules for about 18mths, when I developed Rheumatoid arthritis. It has enabled me to take much lower dosages, of the RA meds, once the condition was under control. I’ll continue to taking it, as I feel very fortunate, to have found it, very early in my RA diagnosis, which has reduced rather than increased. Bravo! Many, many thanks.. Turmeric Australia.

    1. Admin says:

      Hi Pamela, thank you so much for sharing. It is great to hear another RA sufferer has found comfort and relief from the Turmeric Capsules.

  3. Sally says:

    Can we just have a teaspoon of normal cooking tumeric powder each day instead of buying the capsules?
    Sally

  4. Brenda Finn says:

    Have just read a report in todays paper thatsome tumeric is sometimes adulterated with a lead-laced chemical compound.
    I have been buying your tumeric for sometime now.
    Can I be sure that your tumeric is ok

    1. Admin says:

      There is an article circulating the web at the moment that refers to some food, turmeric being one on them that is produced in Bangladesh that may be contaminated.

      The farm we used to harvest the turmeric is family owned organic Turmeric plantation in Karnataka in South India which is over 2000 miles from Bangladesh.

      The Karnataka region where our farm is was one of the first regions in India to be part of the updated state government launched Organic Farming Policy 2017, but has been in place since 2004. This policy aims to bring organic farming into the mainstream and transform agriculture in Karnataka into a sustainable remunerative occupation enabling production of nutritious food by promoting eco-friendly organic farming and marketing systems. The policy strategies included organic farming in mainstream agriculture, focus on region and season specific crops to increase farm output and income, added as beneficiaries under various strategies, adoption of group centric approach in production, handling and marketing of organic produce, diversified farming for maximising production, productivity and farm income and promotion of Neutra Cereals. The policy also focus on conservation and management of soil and water and agri-ecosystem, improve supply chain and infrastructure for post-harvest, simplification and authentication, enforce quality control, branding, labelling and packaging of organic produce.

      Certification a must
      AK Yadav, advisor, APEDA, said certification is necessary for organic products. It is not the organic products but the land on which they are produced that needs to be certified. The centre has come out with two types of certification–the national programme for organic certification (NPOP) and the participatory guarantee system (PGS).
      “The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has drafted a new rule that no person shall pack, manufacture, sell, distribute any organic food unless they comply with FSSAI regulations. This applies to processed food and not to farmers. To export to other countries, an NPOP certification is required but it is expensive as it contains a QR code. Such a certification enables the seller to directly sell in the European Union and other markets which have stringent import rules, especially when related to food. All these central government policies are in sync with the new organic farming policy that Karnataka has come out with.

      Here is a link the pictures of the harvest. https://www.facebook.com/pg/turmericaustralia/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1647532202167001
      You can see how our Turmeric is grown and the meticulous care and love taken by the family who grow it for us. It is all sun and shade dried naturally to maintain it’s organic status before being ground into the powder you end up receiving in your capsules. Our Turmeric is certified twice, once before it leaves its native country and then again here in Australia. The Certificate of Analysis that is issued by the ACO tests for many things including lead as well as E-coli, Salmonella, Pesticides and Colour Additives. It is wonderful and very comforting for us and our customers to be able trace what you put into your body right back to it’s source and see how it is grown….. as mother nature intended?

      As much as we would like to be able to by Australian turmeric, unfortunately they Australia farms simply do no harvest annual the organic tonnage we require. It is too labour intensive and expensive for them to do so. We import the Turmeric from its native country and then we use all Australian suppliers and business for manufacturing, packing and labelling.

      I hope this puts your mind at rest.

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