Inflammation is the body’s natural response to damage or injury. When the body detects harm, from physical (sprain, cut), infectious (bacteria, virus) or environmental sources (pollutants, chemicals, unhealthy food), the immune system sends specialized cells to the damaged area(s) that promote pain, redness, and swelling1.
Imagine that an injury to your body is like a fire. Your immune system calls the fire department, and they arrive with their sirens and lights, block off the street, and use their tools to put out the fire. The firetrucks cause a neces-sary disruption to the neighbourhood (inflammation), but after the fire has been put out, they leave and the neighbourhood returns to normal.
This exactly how your immune system responds to harm. It sends white blood cells to the injured area, causing a short-term disruption to the cells around the site, but it’s a worthwhile trade-off to fight an infection or heal an injury.
However, imagine this fire has been burning for a long time and has gotten out of control. Neighbouring homes become damaged, smoke pollution im-pacts people for miles, and the neighbourhood struggles to continue its normal daily activities.
This is what happens when we experience chronic inflammation. Our bodies become like an uncontrolled fire that causes widespread damage and disease. To heal chronic inflammation, we need to do three things: stop feeding the fire, call in reinforcements to help put out the fire, and eventually we need to rebuild the neighbourhood.
- Stop feeding the fire: identify the root causes of inflammation and work toward reducing or eliminating them. Common sources include untreated injury, stressful lifestyle, and exposure to pollutants, un-healthy foods, or infection.
- Call in reinforcements: INFLAMMA-MEND is a powerful tool for putting out the fire and reducing chronic inflammation. It helps stop in-flammation at its source.
- Rebuild the neighbourhood: Continued use of INFLAMMA-MEND, combined with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, allows your body to re-turn to health.
INFLAMMA-MEND targets inflammation by reducing pain and swelling, in-creasing the production of anti-inflammatory mediators, and preventing the production of pro-inflammatory cells. The individual components of IN-FLAMMA-MEND work synergistically to provide support for both short and long-term exposures to damage by targeting the underlying mechanisms of inflammation.
EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) & DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid)
- EPA and DHA are omega 3 fatty acids that provide building blocks for your body to make anti-inflammatory cells. In doing so, they reduce the formation of pro-inflammatory cells, having a powerful impact on reducing overall levels of inflammation and pain4.
- Reduces pain and inflammation by preventing the production of some of the body’s most potent inflammatory mediators5,6.
- Research shows that curcumin supplementation results in reduced gut lining injury and improvement of bowel symptoms in patients with ulcerative colitis5, and significant improvement in swelling, stiffness and pain scores in arthritis patients5.
- Source of antioxidants, which helps to heal damage caused by chronic inflammation6.
- Relieves pain and swelling by turning off the signals that promote swelling after injury7.
- Research shows reduction of pain by 80% and swelling by 72.4% in patients with knee osteoarthritis7.
- Relieves both acute and chronic pain through blocking NDMA pain receptors, which lowers our sensation of pain8.
- Improves digestion and absorption of the fish oil components of INFLAMMA-MEND to enhance its overall anti-inflammatory effects9.
Each Soft-Gel Contains
Fish Oil (From Clupeidae, Engraulidae, Scombridae - whole) 870 mg
EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) 500 mg
DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) 70 mg
Curcumin (Curcuma longa, rhizome) 100 mg
Stem Bromelain (Ananas comosus var. comosus - stem) 13.67mg / 240,000 FCC PU
Elemental Magnesium (From magnesium citrate, magnesium oxide) 50 mg
Lipase (Triacylglycerol lipase, Rhizopus oryzae – whole) 2.5 mg / 16.67 FCC LU
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Fish Gelatin Shell (fish gelatin, glycerin, purified water, carob powder), yellow beeswax, sunflower lecithin, non-gmo mixed tocopherols (from sunflower), orange essential oil, sunflower oil, ascorbyl palmitate, tapioca-dextrin, non-gmo canola oil, rosemary leaf extract, citric acid.
Priority Allergens: This product contains fish.
Healthology does not use genetically modified ingredients. All ingredients are NON-GMO / GMO FREE.
Recommended Dose: Adults: Take 2 capsules once daily with food and water. Swallow whole, do not chew or crush.
Duration Of Use: Consult a health care practitioner for prolonged use.
Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you have gastrointestinal ulcer, stomach ulcers or excess stomach acid, have gallstones or bile duct obstruction. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are taking anticoagulant/antiplatelet agents (blood thinners), anti-inflammatory agents, or antibiotics. Discontinue use if allergy, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea occurs.
Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, have had recent surgery or have upcoming surgery. Keep out of reach of children.
- Minimize stress: Chronic stress causes an increase in pro-inflammatory cells3. While stress is an unavoidable aspect of life, we can work to control our response in stressful situations. Deep breathing, meditation, setting boundaries, and self-care are all important ways that we can reduce inflammation by minimizing stress.
- Improve diet: Processed foods, sugar, and trans fats are all causes of chronic inflammation1. Focus on eating a diet rich in lean protein, a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes. If you keep to the outside edges of the grocery store and cook most of your own meals, you will be well on your way to a healthy diet.
- Prioritize sleep: Getting fewer than six hours, more than eight hours, or having disturbed sleep are associated with increased levels of inflammation10. Setting a bedtime, limiting electronic use before bed, and sleeping in a dark room can significantly improve sleep quality and quantity, which reduces inflammation.
- Stay hydrated: Water helps flush out inflammatory debris, and dehydration acts as an added stressor on the body1. Always keep a reusable water bottle with you, and set reminders on your phone, or drink herbal teas to help motivate you to stay hydrated.
- Maintain a healthy weight: Fat cells produce pro-inflammatory mediators11, meaning they directly contribute to chronic inflammation. Regular exercise and a healthy diet are important to maintaining a healthy weight, which reduces chronic inflammation.
- Address the root cause: Treat the chronic infection, injury, or environmental exposure to target and eliminate the underlying reason for inflammation.
To summarize, it is possible to reduce inflammation to improve our overall health. First, we can limit our exposure to the main causes of inflammation, including physical, infectious and environmental factors. Second, we can make healthy lifestyle choices to reduce the burden of inflammation. This involves minimizing stress, improving diet, prioritizing sleep, maintaining a healthy weight, and treating illnesses. Third, we can provide the body additional nutritional support using INFLAMMA-MEND, which helps to reduce the symptoms of pain, swelling, and overall levels of inflammation.
By combining simple lifestyle changes and supplementation, we can greatly reduce the negative impact that this internal, silent inflammation has on our health.
- Pahwa R, Singh A, Jialal I. Chronic Inflammation. Treasure Island, FL: StatPearls Publishing; 2019.
- Scrivo R, Vasile M, Bartosiewicz I, Valesini G. Inflammation as “Common Soil” of the Multifactorial Diseases. Autoimmun Rev. 2011;10(7):369-74.
- Liu YZ, Wang YX, Jiang CL. Inflammation: The Common Pathway of Stress-Related Diseases. Front Hum Neurosci. 2017;11:316.
- Maroon JC, Bost JW. Fatty Acids (Fish Oil) as an Anti-Inflammatory: An Alternative to Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs for Discogenic Pain. Surg Neurol. 2006;65(4):326-31.
- Jurenka, JS. Anti-inflammatory Properties of Curcumin, a Major Constituent of Curcuma longa: A Review of Preclinical and Clinical Research. Altern Med Rev. 2009;14(2):141-53.
- Mills S, Bone K. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy. Toronto, ON: Churchill Livingstone; 2000.
- Brien S, Lewith G, Walker A, Hicks SM, Middleton D. Bromelain as a Treatment for Osteoarthritis: A Review of Clinical Studies.Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2004;1(3):251–257.
- Na HS, Ryu JH, Do SH. The Role of Magnesium in Pain. In: Vink R, Nechifor M, editors. Magnesium in the Central Nervous System. Adelaide, AU: University of Adelaide Press; 2011.
- Carey MC, Small DM, Bliss CM. Lipid Digestion and Absorption. Annu Rev Physiol. 1983;45:651–677.
- Irwin MR, Olmstead R, Carroll JE. Sleep Disturbance, Sleep Duration, and Inflammation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies and Experimental Sleep Deprivation. Biol Psychiatry. 2016;80(1):40–52.
- You T, Nicklas BJ. Chronic Inflammation: Role of Adipose Tissue and Modulation by Weight Loss. Curr Diabetes Rev. 2006;2(1):29-39.
SYMPTOMS OF CHRONIC INFLAMMATION
People who are living with chronic health conditions, are experiencing pain, or have undergone long-term exposures to physical, infectious, or en-vironmental damages will undoubtedly have high levels of chronic inflam-mation, but the signs can be easy to miss.
- Depression / Anxiety
- Digestive disorders
- Frequent infections
- High blood pressure
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Diagnosis of a chronic health condition
Inflammation can sometimes be seen, like the swelling and redness that occurs when you sprain your ankle. This type of inflammation is usually short-term. Silent inflammation (also called chronic inflammation) occurs within the body and generally cannot be seen. It is much more harmful and its long-term damage leads to chronic disease, such as diabetes, heart dis-ease, autoimmune disease, asthma, and inflammatory bowel conditions.
INFLAMMA-MEND targets inflammation and:
- Provides support for both short and long-term exposures to damage
- Targets the underlying mechanisms of inflammation
- Reduces pain and swelling
- Increases the production of anti-inflammatory mediators
- Prevents the production of pro-inflammatory cells
Dr. Hilary’s Lifestyle Tips To Improve
Minimize stress: Chronic stress causes an increase in pro-inflammatory cells3. While stress is an unavoidable aspect of life, we can work to control our response in stressful situations. Deep breathing, meditation, setting boundaries, and self-care are all important ways that we can reduce inflammation by minimizing stress.
Improve diet: Processed foods, sugar, and trans fats are all causes of chronic inflammation1. Focus on eating a diet rich in lean protein, a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes. If you keep to the outside edges of the grocery store and cook most of your own meals, you will be well on your way to a healthy diet.Read More