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Suppressing vs. Supporting Inflammation

Key Topics: Inflammation
November 14, 2020

Inflammation is a normal physiological process, and it is part of the immune response to protect the body from injury, invasion, and infection. A normal, healthy inflammatory response initiates in response to a detected issue and resolves when the repair and healing is done, and balance has been returned to normal. Thus, the goal in supporting a healthy inflammatory response is not to prevent or block inflammation, but to promote appropriately timed initiation and resolution.

Important nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and herbs like turmeric play a central role in supporting a healthy inflammatory response. Important resolving factors are derived from omega-3s, and they vital – as their name suggests – for actively resolving inflammation when the time is right. Curcumin, a phytonutrient found in turmeric, is similarly associated with healthy inflammation, supporting specific activities at various points in the inflammatory cascade.

Learn more about supporting the immune system.

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