Category Archives: Inflammation

Omega-3 Fatty Acids To Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

There is evidence that there is currently an epidemic of depressive and anxiety disorders in the Western nations. Some have argued this is due to improvements in diagnosis and reporting of mood disorders, but empirical evidence argues against this case … Continue reading

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EPA Versus DHA: Fighting Inflammation

Current recommendations are to consume more omega-3 fatty acids. This relates to the fact that the typical Western diet contains too many omega-6 fatty acids and not enough omega-3 fatty acids. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 in the diet … Continue reading

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Got Psoriasis: Try Weight Loss?

Psoriasis is a disease of chronic inflammation that affects the skin. Around 2 % of the population living in Western nations are known to suffer from psoriasis, making it quantitatively an important disease. Psoriasis possesses an immune component whereby T … Continue reading

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Alpha Linolenic Acid: Cardiovascular Risk

Alpha linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) is an essential fatty acid that has vitamin like effects in humans. Intakes of ALA must be balanced with intake of the other essential fatty acid linoleic acid (LA, C18:2 (n-6)), and the dietary … Continue reading

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Three Useful Anti-Inflammatory Nutrients

Inflammation can be a major cause of disease. The inflammatory process is complex and it is highly important in the defence systems of the animals. The normal acute inflammatory response is there to provide a rapid response to infection or … Continue reading

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Vitamin D: Immunity and Inflammation Regulator

Vitamin D is not a vitamin, but actually a steroid hormone that regulates gene expression in cells. Vitamin D is associated with protection from a number of diseases including cancer. The ability of vitamin D to confer protection from cancer … Continue reading

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More Benefits for Anti-Inflammatory Diets

Inflammation is associated with the development and progression of a number of diseases. In particular, inflammation is associated with Western lifestyle diseases including obesity, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Mechanistically inflammation can contribute to disease … Continue reading

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Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea angustifolia

Phytochemistry: echinacea purpurea and Echinacea angustifolia contain a large number of phytochemicals. Some of the most interesting are a group of polysaccharides than may have immune enhancing effects. The polysaccharides with immune stimulating effects include fructogalactoxyloglucans and one acidic arabinogalactan. … Continue reading

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Evidence That Antioxidant Supplements Improve Health Outcomes

The Western diet is considered a pro-inflammatory diet, because consumption of the diet significantly upregulates the inflammatory pathways in the tissues. This inflammation in turn increases the oxidative stress experienced. Oxidative stress is a condition whereby the generation and propagation … Continue reading

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Fibre: Variety is Important

Literature continues to accumulate as to the health benefits of dietary fibre. This research is often complex and difficult to interpret, and part of this is due to the large amount of different compounds that are defined as dietary fibre. … Continue reading

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