Vitamins That Fight Inflammation In The Body
Did you know there are vitamins that fight inflammation in the body? There are.
If we want to live long, healthy lives, we need a sufficient number of nutrients each day. But this is much easier said than done. While many of us eat the recommended three meals a day, we dont all have the time to maintain a nutritionally sound diet. We are constantly shuffling from work, to home, to our families or school and then we have to do it all over the next day.
Sound nutrition can easily become a casualty.
If yours is a fast food family, the damage is being done now. But it’s never too late to make changes for the better.
Today it’s commonplace to hear people complain of being extremely tired all the time. Eventually too many will develop very serious diseases as a result of our poor dietary choices.
Additionally, a lot of the foods we consume today exacerbate the problem by hastening the rate at which our bodies burn the few nutrients we have consumed. Granulated sugar is one such item.
Chronic or prolonged inflammation is often the result of the way we eat. While the inflammation process generally serves a very valuable purpose (bringing healing agents to damaged bodily parts, for example), it can become dangerous if left unchecked. The last thing any of need is a hefty medical bill on top of all our current expenses.
Vitamins that heal inflammation:
Putting preventative measures in place now, may very well save our lives.
One such preventative measure is increasing our vitamin intake. You may find that this may require a bit more time and effort. But once you’ve learned more about how beneficial these vitamins are for your health, you will be motivated to do what it takes to ensure they are included in your diet. Let us examine a few of the vitamins together.
This nutrient is found in bright orange fruits and vegetables. Other foods such as broccoli, sweet potatoes and spinach, also contain high amounts of vitamin A. If consumed in correct proportions, vitamin A can improve your vision and help your body fight carcinogenic free radicals. Night blindness is one of the most common ailments caused by a deficiency of this nutrient.
Individuals who complain of extreme lethargy are often encouraged to consume sufficient amounts of these nutrients each day. B vitamins are found in nuts and meat. The beauty of this nutrient is that it ensures our bodies break down our food into a form that provides the energy needed to fuel our organs. Vegetarians and vegans often take vitamins B12 supplements because this nutrient is only found in some types of meat.
It goes without saying that Vitamin C should form an essential part of our diet. Everyone knows that this nutrient is essential if we are to build up our immune system to fight off infections. It is however less well known that your body cannot store vitamin C, so you need to consume it every day. It’s soluble and any that isnt used by the body is excreted in urine. That is why experts usually recommend taking daily vitamin C supplements if you are trying to fight off the cold or flu.
Vitamin D is usually mentioned when discussing strong teeth and bones. Consuming milk, butter and eggs is an easy way to include vitamin D in your diets because they’re easy to eat or drink. But you can also get this valuable anti-inflammatory nutrient naturally by being out in the morning sun. Despite being readily available, about 60% of the population of the United States are deficient in vitamin D. To quote from the ScienceDaily report on a study by National Jewish Health researchers: “low levels of Vitamin D, comparable to levels found in millions of people, failed to inhibit the inflammatory cascade, while levels considered adequate did inhibit inflammatory signaling… Patients with chronic inflammatory diseases, such as asthma, arthritis and prostate cancer, who are vitamin D deficient, may benefit from vitamin D supplementation.” Science now knows we need adequate vitamin D to prevent and/or reduce inflammation. [Source]
Vitamin E is usually mentioned in connection with getting beautiful hair, skin and nails. This nutrient can be found in seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables. Avocado, a crowd favorite, is rich in Vitamin E, so you do not have any excuse to be deficient in this nutrient. “Vitamin E has effects on inflammatory processes due to the antioxidant functions of α-tocopherol [which] exerts anti-inflammatory effects through a number of different mechanisms”. [Source]
This vitamin is not one of the favorites and many often ignore its benefits. It is the coagulation vitamin because it ensures that our blood clots when we are wounded. A deficiency in this nutrient often leads to painful bleeding disorders. You can get vitamin K by eating leafy green vegetables (like green leaf lettuce, kale, spinach, mustard greens) and other vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, parsley, asparagus and Brussels sprouts. Dairy products, cereals, vegetable oils, and soybeans also contain vitamin K.
If you have osteoporosis or heart disease or diabetes, Dr Mercola’s article “Vitamin K2 Positively Impacts Inflammation” is recommended reading because most likely you are deficient in a particular form of vitamin K. Get the details here.
Vitamins are vital. And they are readily available in fresh fruits, vegetables and meats. Unfortunately, many of us do not consume a balanced vitamin-rich diet, so we often end up being deficient in one or more of these nutrients.
Partly it’s what we choose to eat — natural real foods versus commercially prepared and packaged foods. Then when it comes to cooking, we can unknowingly destroy some of the already-inadequate nutrient load by the way we prepare our food. For example, some nutrients like vitamin C are easily destroyed when we heat or mechanically agitate our food.
It’s best to eat well in the first place, but if not… taking specific vitamin supplements can help keep us healthy by giving our bodies the tools it needs to prevent or reduce the illnesses caused by prolonged inflammation.