Inflammation and Disease

It is my belief that diseases/sicknesses of the body all have an inflammatory component. Inflammation is not a good thing and is a signal something is wrong.

Think about how when someone is angry we say they are inflamed and may ask, “Why are they so irritated?”

Inflammation can be prevented and treated by including various foods in our diets with anti-inflammatory components.

Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes & Arachidonic Acids

Prostaglandins and leukotrienes are manufactured by enzymatic breakdown of a fatty acid called arachidonic acid.

How Inflammation Occurs

If we eat a lot of meat and omega 6 type vegetable oils we are going to create more arachidonic acid that sets off chain reactions. The end result is specific leukotrienes that trigger inflammation.

It’s a catch 22 situation because things like fish oil can manipulate the prostaglandin system to block events ending with leukotrienes being sent to destroy tissue and produce inflammation.

Research has shown that ginger can intervene in at least three stages to block the biochemical inflammatory process.

Chilli peppers with their capsaicin content are also beneficial but work in a different way.

Foods With Anti-Inflammatory Agents

  • Apple 🍎
  • Black Currants
  • Fish 🐠 Oil (Omega 3 Fatty Acids)
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Onion
  • Pineapple 🍍
  • Sage

Food Chemicals With Anti-Inflammatory Agents

  • Capsaicin (hot chilli peppers)
  • Omega 3 fatty acids (fatty fish like mackerel, sardines, salmon)
  • Quercetin (onions)