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Pain & Inflammation

This can be due to several factors, including lifestyle, food allergies, joint tissue or other more chronic issues, and needs to be diagnosed for proper treatment to provide an anti-inflammatory response.

Pain and inflammation, Designs for Health

Pain and inflammation can be induced by any number of factors. Ultimately the mechanism by which these sensations arise in the body is upregulation or inducement of enzymes involved in the synthesis of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins such as COX-1 and COX-2.

Excessive inflammation is a common risk factor for disease occurrence and progression. Inflammation may lead to joint tissue destruction, cancer, cardiovascular events, insulin resistance/diabetes and brain/liver/kidney degenerative diseases.

Natural substances may help to alleviate inflammation as might an overall anti-inflammatory diet. Anti-inflammatory herbs and spices include ginger turmeric and rosemary and a diet low in omega-6-rich vegetable and seed oils and higher in plant and animal sourced omega-3s may also help correct the imbalance of pro- and anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. Helping patients identify undiagnosed food sensitivities could also prove to be an important strategy for reducing the need for high doses of pain relievers.

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