Managing the Inflammatory Response: Less Heat, More Nutrition

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Today’s topic:
Tips for Promoting a Normal Healthy, Balanced Inflammatory Response: Less Heat, More Nutrition

As discussed recently in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences excessive sugars in the blood can attach abnormally to proteins.2 In most cases, this sugar-protein combination cannot function properly and in fact is seen by the immune system as foreign. Within the body, these complexes can provoke inflammatory responses in the gums, joints, blood vessels – creating conditions that can impair the health of many tissues and organs.

Cooking foods at high temperatures also generates these complexes that enter your bloodstream after you have eaten the food. Broiled and fried meats and cooked animal fats contain the highest levels. In contrast, fruits and vegetables contain almost none. Replacing some of the pro-inflammatory foods with those that are anti-inflammatory can improve the balance.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Help Your Blood Vessels Help Themselves

2. Uribarri J, Cai W, Sandu O, Peppa M, Goldberg T, Vlassara H. Dietderived advanced glycation end products are major contributors to the body’s AGE pool and induce inflammation in healthy subjects. Ann N Y Acad Sci 2005;1043:461-466.

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