Silent inflammation is the first sign that your body is out of balance and you are no longer well. You can’t feel it, but it is affecting your heart, your brain, and your immune system.
(A Silent Killer in Our Midst by Dr. Barry Sears)
Inflammation has its Good Sides but also a very Dark Side!
In principle inflammation is a healthy immune response to injury, illness, or infection. Inflammation brings isolates, marks and consumes bad bacteria, virusses, moulds and cancer cells. However, when healing is complete,the inflammatory process should shut down!
More and more often it doesn’t. And the silent inflammation continues and when inflammation chronifies, fires and flare-ups out of control, trouble follows that can harm the rest of your body, as in atherosclerosis, rheumatic disorders, diabetes and many other chronic disorders! The inflammation starts destroying good cells in your joint linings (rheumatic disorder), arteries (atherosclerosis, diabetes), organs (diabetes) and all over your body.
Lowering chronic and silent inflammation is therefore one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. Long term health problems caused by chronic inflammation can do damage for years. Then, you start feeling joint aches, muscle tenderness, swelling, and other symptoms (that people often put off to aging). Even worse, as inflammation slowly breaks down tissue, it can become a root cause of many of the diseases listed above.
Even the common media is becoming aware of inflammation danger. This is an excerpt from recent US News:
But the (inflammation) process also has a quiet, dark side. Chronic “hidden” inflammation occurs throughout the body when something kick-starts the immune system and disengages the shut-off button. What ignites the fires differs from person to person but the end result is the same: An endless trickle of immune cells interferes with the body’s healthy tissues, triggering genetic mutations that can lead to cancer or the bursting of plaque in an artery wall. Scarier still:
Most People Don’t Even Know They’re Inflamed!
There’s not a reliable blood test yet to screen for inflammation. What is clearly established is that the latest science suggests that we can take action.
“In recent years, we’ve come to accept that inflammation plays a role in many chronic diseases, but it’s about an imbalance—too many pro-inflammatory chemicals and not enough anti-inflammatory ones,” explains Moise Desvarieux, an inflammation researcher at Columbia University.
Thus, staying well means having both systems in working order. Even the American Medical Association found that colon cancer patients who took a daily dose of anti-inflammatories reduced their risk of dying from the disease by nearly a third.
How to deal with silent inflammation: the case of palmitoylethanolamide
Happily our body created a efficient brake on chronic, silent or slow inflammation. This brake and harmony bringer is an anti-inflammatory compound created in our own bodycells. It shuts down over active inflammation and restores health. On this website loads of information on palmitoylethanolamide, the molecule of our own natural health restoration impulse, available as a supplement (PeaPure).
Recently it was stated that PEA has a ‘generous profile of activity, supporting its use as a ubiquitous natural anti-inflammatory compound:
The complex and generous profile of PEA activity may thus explain its broad potential in treating different central disorders related to pain and inflammation.
Source: Raso GM, Russo R, Calignano A, Meli R. Palmitoylethanolamide in CNS health and disease. Pharmacol Res. 2014 May 17. pii: S1043-6618(14)00065-6. doi: 10.1016/j.phrs.2014.05.006.