Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Healthy Regulation of Inflammation and Pain
Contrary to popular belief, both inflammation and pain are healthy, necessary parts of healing from acute stress and injury. Inflammation and pain can however become chronic and “hyper” when the body is in a chronic state of imbalance or toxicity or deficiency.
Sufficiency of EPA and DHA Omega 3 EFAs plays a major role in regulating inflammation via substances called prostaglandins. EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids produce anti-inflammatory prostaglandins while Omega 6 fatty acids produce pro-inflammatory prostaglandins.
Having a diet that is toxic with Omega 6 or deficient in Omega 3 EFAs creates a pro-inflammatory state within the body. This is very significant because inflammation is at the root of virtually all of the common chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression as well as the autoimmune and atopic diseases such as arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, irritable bowel, psoriasis, eczema, allergies, fibromyalgia, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. Inflammation is also a major factor in dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain and/or cramping), headaches, and back and neck pain.
It is well documented that restoring Omega 3 sufficiency and restoring the proper Omega 3:Omega 6 fatty acid ratios with EPA and DHA supplementation (Omega Sufficiency®) is effective at reducing excess inflammation and the pain and illnesses associated with it.
In your Health,
Dr. Jon Wise
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