Any time our bodies sense an “invader”—a microbe, virus, plant pollen or unwelcome chemical—they go into high alert, producing white blood cells to fight it off. Once the danger has been thwarted, normal functioning returns.
If we continue to expose ourselves to these threats, then the high-alert process, known as inflammation, becomes chronic. This disturbance of natural equilibrium can lead to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, depression and pain. It can also mask or worsen autoimmune diseases. Eating foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties can help our bodies function better. Continue reading →
According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, affects 25 to 45 million people in the United States. Symptoms include abdominal pain and discomfort. Many people try to alleviate these symptoms by modifying their diets.
A recent study in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that blueberries may be helpful in decreasing inflammation and pain in the gut. After giving mice with inflammation blueberry extract daily for one week, researchers discovered the preventative and therapeutic effects from the extract in treating inflammation in the large intestine. Researchers say the anti-inflammatory effect of blueberry extract is due to antioxidant action and the decreasing of certain inflammatory proteins in the digestive tract.