Radio discussion with Sue and Zulaikha, 16th November, 2017
Q : Sue, you say that inflammation causes arthritis, cardiovascular problems and weight gain……
What do we mean by inflammation?
Q: So what then, is the cause of inflammation?
Any substance that causes the release of pro-inflammatory messenger called prostaglandins. They cause redness, swelling, itching and the release of histamine in some cases. When blood vessels are damaged our homocysteine levels go up. When joints are inflamed the area becomes red and painful. This is called rheumatoid arthritis. Around the joint, acidity increases and calcium is released from bone tissue. A build-up of calcium causes osteoarthritis.
Dietary causes: wheat, Omega 6 fats, junk food, sugar and we are allergic to. They also cause bloating, swelling and inflammation. Stress hormones like cortisol are anabolic – they make us fat!
A: Use dietary guidelines to avoid food that causes inflammation:
http://naturefresh.co.za/diets-recipes/anti-inflammatory-diet/ (note that blood type recommendations are not included. Search for suitable blood type food using this separate link:) http://www.infobarrel.com/Health_Food_That_Does_Not_Suit_Your_Blood_Type_is_Unhealthy_
Q: What are the most effective anti-inflammatory foods, herbs and supplements?