Can diet really affect your inflammation?!
Inflammation can be defined as the body’s response to injury. The author of this article claims that many things we eat can cause internal inflammation. He adds that refined white sugars, grain products with gluten and lectin content, legumes (beans), fried foods with trans fat, refined vegetable or seed oils (corn, sunflower, safflower, soybean, canola), omega-6 fatty acids and saturated fats in fatty grain-fed meats are capable of causing inflammation. He also states that anti-inflammatory agents such as Advil, Tylenol, and Cox2 inhibitors used to control the pain can be reduced or eliminated by change in diet and the addition of nutritional supplements such as a high-quality multi vitamin/multimineral, omega 3 and 9 fatty acid fish oils, extra vitamin D, magnesium, Coenzyme Q10, alpha lipoid acid and L-carnitine. Understanding the concept of eating more of certain foods , less of others, and adding exercise 3 to 4 times weekly can improve or even prevent chronic inflammatory conditions like heart disease, arteriosclerosis, diabetes, chronic pain, cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and fibromyalgia. Although this article is interesting, it does not provide any evidence, what so ever, to back its long list of unproven claims. Herald-Citizen Feb. 3, 2008