Inflammation is all over the news as the root cause of many diseases, but what does it really mean? Simply put, inflammation is the body's natural response to injury and foreign invaders. Ideally, the inflammatory response should be activated only as long as necessary to provide increased blood flow and immune cells for the body to heal or fight off infection. But, oftentimes, that's not the case. When the inflammatory system is not regulated properly, chronic inflammation may occur that has been shown to lead to serious health problems like arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, and even cardiovascular disease.
We hear a lot of hype about chronic inflammation and how to reduce it, but we rarely find information that explains how nutrients, spices, superfoods, and alternative supplements actually interact with the body to fight inflammation and restore health.