Truth About Inflammation

We’ve been asked, “Do you have something free of caffeine and anti-inflammatory?” Good News!  We do offer an Anti-Inflammatory Adaptogen.  Preventing and managing inflammation is becoming more important as science is discovering inflammation is linked to most life threatening health issues.

Watch out for unnoticeable, subtle inflammation

•Body pain

•Constant fatigue and insomnia

•Depression, anxiety and mood swing

•Constipation, diarrhea, and acid reflux

•Weight gain

•Frequent infections

These are the some of the common signs and symptoms that develop if you have chronic inflammation, which often begins subtly and unnoticeably.

Inflammation is part of the body’s defense mechanism. It is the process by which the immune system recognizes and removes harmful stimuli and begins the healing process.

Acute inflammation occurs when the body experiences injury or infection. Blood vessels rapidly expand and the skin reddens in order to bring as many antibodies to the area as possible to fight off pathogens, bacteria, or viruses. Once the threat is gone, acute inflammation quickly recedes. 

On the other hand, the onset of chronic inflammation is not obvious. And it slowly builds up to more harmful levels over time. It can be triggered by an infection or other causes. 

A scientific report published in The National Center for Biotechnology Information, “The Inflammation theory of disease,” talks about the real threat of chronic inflammation: 

“Inflammation has long been a well-known symptom of many infectious diseases, but molecular and epidemiological research increasingly suggests that it is also intimately linked with a broad range of non-infectious diseases, perhaps even all of them.” (Emphasis made by SEI MEE TEA.)

According to Rosana Risques, a specialist in inflammatory processes at the University of Washington in Seattle, “It is becoming clear that chronic inflammation is implicated at every level of tumorigenesis. This includes initiation, promotion, malignant conversion, invasion and final metastasis.”

Although the role of inflammation in the subsequent processes that lead to terminal cancer is less clear, a study from the Istituto Clinico Humanitas in Milan, Italy, suggests that an inflammatory microenvironment is essential for all cancers.

Worldwide, 3 of 5 people die due to chronic inflammatory-mediated diseases, such as:

•Cardiovascular diseases

•Cancer 

•Diabetes

•Rheumatoid arthritis

•Allergic asthma

•Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

•Alzheimer’s Disease

•Chronic kidney disease

•Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Anti-inflammatory Lifestyle

Holistic approach to create the synergetic healing power is the most effective way to prevent and treat chronic inflammation. There are 4 keys to the approach: quality food, regular exercise, good night sleep, and stress management.

→Foods:

Listed foods that offer strong anti-inflammatory properties:

Green tea: its powerful polyphenols offer many valuable benefits, which include the anti-inflammatory effect. Green tea in powder form offers much more polyphenols than brewed tea and it’s easy to fix using either cold or hot water. Most importantly, it is the “whole food,” providing minerals, vitamins, and fiber. Choose pure organic source. Sencha powder is the most potent with minimum caffeine among green teas. It can be easily added to any other food or drink.

Red colored vegetables and fruits, such as watermelon, tomatoes, carrots, and red peppers, which offer Lycopene, a strong anti-inflammatory antioxidant.

Green leafy vegetables, fruits, fatty fish (like salmon or tuna), and nutsmalso provide anti-inflammatory properties.

Many herbs have shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, such as Turmeric**, Ashwagandha, Ginseng, Cinnamon, and Cardamom. Our product, Anti-inflammatory Adaptogens, use all of these natural herbs, packed with powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

The following are pro-inflammation and are important to avoid:

•simple sugars

•refined carbohydrates

•processed foods

•sugary drinks 

•trans fats

•hydrogenated oils, such as margarine and vegetable shortening

•smoking

→Exercise: 

Physical activity is also your friend for an “Anti-inflammatory lifestyle.”  Acccording to studies, exercise reduced mortality from breast and colon cancers of all causes. Furthermore, randomized controlled trials designed to correlate exercise with specific biomarker endpoints suggest that physical activity might beneficially change the circulating levels of insulin, insulin-related pathways, inflammation and, possibly, immunity.

→Sleep: 

7 to 8 hours of sleep a night helps stimulate human growth hormones.

→Less Stress: 

Chronic psychological stress is linked to greater risk for depression, heart disease and the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response and normal defense. Take on deep breathing techniques. Yoga and meditation are also helpful in alleviating stress-induced inflammation and its harmful effects on the body.

**Turmeric or Curcumin?

Turmeric is a member of ginger family, and is often used as a spice in Indian cuisine. Turmeric offers medicinal properties, curcuminoid, and the most powerful compound of which is called curcumin. Curcumin offers powerful anti-inflammatory effects.

You might ask, “Which is better, whole food or extract?”  Then you might want to remember whole food offers more than one benefit.

Turmeric also offers more than Curcumin: It is also a good source of Vitamin C and Magnesium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Iron, Potassium and Manganese.

Naturopathic doctors would say, “I believe whole turmeric is more effective than isolated curcumin for inflammatory disorders,” unless you are prescribed a hefty dose as an intense treatment for a short time.

Turmeric is the main ingredient of our “Anti-Inflammatory Adaptogen.” In addition to Turmeric, it includes other potent herbs: Ashwagandha, Ginseng, Cinnamon, Cardamom, all of which offer anti-inflammatory properties. 100% organic, caffeine free, and gluten free.

Bonus tip: Neither Curcumin nor Turmeric taken orally is well absorbed unless taken with black pepper. When you are cooking your favorite Indian recipe with Turmeric, add some black pepper so the medicinal prperties get actually absorbed in your body. Of course, organic black pepper is one of the ingredients of our Anti-inflammatory Adaptogen.

Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favor compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.” ~ Thomas Edison

Reference:
Chronic Inflammation” by Roma Pahwa (National Institute of Health), Ishwarlal Jialal (California Northstate University

Disclaimer: Benefits may vary from person to person. Please consult with a health professional before use of products. The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. All content in this newsletter is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure of prevent any diseases.