Saturday, 31 March 2012

Natural Inflammation, Julia Hayward

Uploaded to YouTube by Nutricentre, Oct 2010.

Summary notes:

Hayward is a practicing nutritionist.

There are 11 protein enzymes called 'complements' that initiate antibody reactions.

Inflammation is an integral part of the immune system.

Key players are TH1 (controls cell-mediated immunity) and TH2. Both of these should be kept in balance. Watermelon, horseradish, winter squash, selenium, and vitamin C help to keep this balance. TH2 overactivity in particular can lead to auto-immune problems such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. Insomnia, stress, and heavy metals can lead to TH2 elevation.

Histamines are sensitive to reactions.

The changes in the modern diet. For example, changes of omega 3 & 6 balance. Corn-fed chickens produce eggs that contain 20 more times omega 6 to omega 3 compared to free-range eggs.

Short-chain saturated fats are not so critical as long-chain saturated fats.

Parsley, coriander, curcumin, and basil are good anti-inflammatory herbs.

Beta glucans (mentioned in earlier post) have a high molecular weight, so are more challenging to absorb.

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