Omega-3 against inflammation

With insidious inflammation, the body is on permanent alert, is in permanent attack mode. This is usually not visible, but clearly noticeable. The body needs a lot of energy for its efforts, but this energy invested in defense is then lacking elsewhere: We feel tired and worn out. Where does this come from and what can be done about it?

First help Laboratory tests: Biomarkers, measurable parameters for biological processes of the body, can be used to determine, for example, the metabolic syndrome (a term for various diseases of the cardiovascular system), detect elevated levels of C-reactive protein. Many other inflammatory markers can also be detected in urine, in coughed-up secretions from the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, or in exhaled breath. An exact medical clarification is important, affirms the internist and biological physician Dr. Jochen Henn.

To reduce the risk of hidden inflammationsn, there is one thing above all that can be done: A healthy lifestyle, because diet and exercise in particular minimize the risk of such chronic inflammatory disease. “There are many anti-inflammatory measures that are relatively easy to integrate into everyday life,” assures Dr. Henn. So even those who have had enough of the trend lifestyle “Detox” should still give it a chance from the point of view of “silent inflammations”, after all the decision for toxin-free food and cosmetics free of harmful substances is an important – not least vital – step towards health and well-being.

Balance from Omega-3 to Omega-6

Endurance Sports lowers – and this is the good news – the risk for “silent inflammations even after just a few weeks. In addition, you can do yourself some good by eating foods that contain high levels of anti-inflammatory agents. Studies are particularly good on the anti-inflammatory effect of Omega-3 fatty acids from pure fish oil such as from Pure Arctic Oil.

The Omega-3 oil should be taken daily, because almost all people suffer from an omega-3 deficiency. But even worse, the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 is out of balance in almost every European. An excess of omega-6 in turn promotes inflammation. Omega-6 is unfortunately contained in many convenience foods, sunflower oil and margarine. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 can be measured with a special blood test, read more: Omega-3 fatty acids.

Carbohydrate-containing foods such as Sugar or white flour, which cause blood sugar levels to spike rapidly, resulting in a high glycemic index should also be avoided if possible. A slim figure is therefore not only aesthetically beautiful, but also useful for health: the fatty tissue acts like a permanent, harmful inflammatory body.

Health benefits of Omega-3

* The fatty acids stabilize the walls of the heart musclez more reliable and is less prone to arrhythmias and better protected against a heart attack.

* The course of chronic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatism, allergies or autoimmune diseases is positively influenced.

* The fatty acids are also deposited in nerve cell walls and play a major role in the brain development of infants.

* There are first approaches for the treatment of depression, Alzheimer’s disease and hyperactive children.

* Finally, omega-3 fatty acids can lower triglyceride levels, preventing cardiovascular disease.

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