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Are nightshades causing your arthritis, chronic pain and inflammation?

Few people are familiar with the term nightshades, and many will be surprised to learn that consuming foods from this plant group may be contributing to their pain and inflammation. Nightshades belong to the Solanaceae family which includes over 2,000 species. They include some of the most popular foods consumed today, such as tomatoes, potatoes, all types of peppers, and eggplant. Not truly nightshades, blueberries, huckleberries, goji berries and ashwaganda contain the same inflammation-inducing alkaloids.

Zinc helps fight infection and inflammation by boosting the body's immune response

Infection from bacterial and viral agents can pose a significant threat to human health, as it fuels the flames of systemic inflammation known to contribute to cancer, heart disease, dementia, diabetes and stroke. Many lifestyle factors, including diet, stress and exposure to environmental and household toxins contribute to elevated levels of inflammation throughout the body that never subside, creating a cellular environment that is favorable to disease propagation. Fortunately, there are a number of natural compounds and nutrients that help combat inflammation and lower risk of infection and chronic disease.

Omega-3 fatty acid intake banishes inflammation and changes immune responses

Wading through the varied sources on omega-3 clinical trials and lab research can lead into a labyrinth of contradictions. One study even claims there are no cardiac benefits from omega-3.

The Essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Inflammation, heart disease and oxidized cholesterol threaten the life and health of Americans. But all three of these conditions are preventable. A healthy diet and ample exercise can fend these off, though our typical American lifestyle habits stand in the way.

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The claims of the anti-inflammatory properties of various berries and dark leafy greens have been purported for decades, but the main cause of an ever-increasing list of chronic illnesses continues to be inflammation.