What is inflammation? It is one of your body's defense
mechanisms, which is a good thing...usually. Sometimes however
the body gets confused and becomes inflamed at the wrong times or
responds to the wrong stimulus and then inflammation becomes a
bad thing. When your body senses an infection or a chronic
condition that it considers is a "threat", it reacts by becoming
inflamed. Blood flow is increased to the affected area, white
blood cells and other protective cells move to act against
bacteria and viruses, and protective chemicals are released into
tissues around the affected area. These actions fight off what
the body identifies as foreign invaders and if there truly is one
such as a virus or bacteria, then this is a good thing. But there
are times when the body sets off this defensive reaction and no
foreign invader is present. Certain types of arthritis would be
an example of this. Or there are times when something passes into
the bloodstream such as food particles which are not foreign
invaders, but are identified as such since they are in a place
they really shouldn't be. In these cases the immune system ends
up damaging the body and its tissues. Inflammation can also be
caused by free radical damage to the body. Free radicals are
unstable molecules that attack the body. These are often created
from the stresses of modern living such as chlorinated water,
pollution, stress, heavy exercise, overwork, poor nutrition, and
Foods As Natural Solutions For Inflammation
There are certain foods that contribute to a weakened immune
system and aid in leading to what is inflammation that is not
necessary. Eating food that is high in sugar and saturated fights
is an example of these. According to Scott Zashin, MD, clinical
professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
in Dallas, this type of diet causes the immune system to be over
active which may result in joint pain, fatigue and damaged blood
vessels. There are also foods that can help strengthen the immune
system and reduce inflammation. Some of these include:
- Fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Broiled or baked fish
is much preferable for a healthy diet than fried. AFA bluegreen
algae is also a very good source of omega-3.
- Whole grains high in fiber and low in added sugar.
- Nuts, especially almonds, that are high in fiber, calcium,
vitamin E and other antioxidants.
- Milk products, low or non-fat with calcium and vitamin D.
- Vegetables high in antioxidants such as bright colored tomatoes
(which also have lycopene), squash, broccoli, and other dark
green leafy veggies. Blueberries, green tea, sprouts, garlic,
blue green algae, edible grasses and tumeric are also good
sources of antioxidants.
- Beans are a lean source of protein and have lots of fiber and
- Bromelain is an enzyme that naturally occurs in pineapple and
has been found to reduce inflammation.
- Hot peppers high in capsaicin which is known to reduce
- Beets with antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C and betalains (plant
- Turmeric known to be a natural anti-inflammatory spice, used
most often in curry and that turns off a protein that can set off
- Garlic with inflammation fighting properties found to work much
Supplements As Natural Solutions For Inflammation
As mentioned above AFA blue green algae is a great source of
omega-3 and antioxidants which both help fight off damage from
free radicals and inflammation. Here are some bluegreen algae
supplements that are especially helpful when dealing with
Algae & Sprouts Supplement – This blend of kale
sprouts, red clover sprouts, wheat sprouts, concentrated wheat
sprouts, and Dunaliella salina algae is loaded with chlorophyll,
glutathione, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients for
the best of nature's antioxidants to nourish your body.
Immune Support Supplement – This combination of
phycocyanin (the unique blue pigment from bluegreen algae),
Ecklonia cava (Seanol®, a marine algae), standardized turmeric,
bromelain, and bluegreen algae was designed to provide the body
with nourishment found helpful when dealing with inflammation.
Curcumin, found in turmeric, has been the basis of much research
and found to have benefit as an anti-inflammatory. Bromelain is
an enzyme that naturally occurs in pineapple and has been found
to reduce inflammation.
Algae & Plant Based Enzymes Supplement – A combination
of plant-based proteolytic enzymes--bromelain, papain, protease,
lipase, and serratiopeptidase, with bluegreen algae, to support
your body's inflammatory response to physical exercise and free
Now that you have information on what is inflammation, how it
affects you and natural solutions to help you combat it, you can
be on your way to strengthening your immune system, helping to
ease pains, and nourishing yourself on a cellular level. When you
feel good, you are more likely to exercise, get good quality
sleep and eat healthier. It all adds up to a healthier you.