Fight Inflammation with These Vitamins

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Oct 27, 2014

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Inflammation is our body’s response to any injury or infection, and is usually marked by swelling, redness and tenderness. A nutritional approach to reduce inflammation is to increase your intake of certain vitamins.
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    Friendly and Damaging Faces of Inflammation

    Inflammation is a biological response that defends your body against disease-causing foreign invaders and prevents you from getting sick. This is the friendly side of inflammation which is a helper to our immune system. But, when inflammation in your body occurs without a reason, it may wreak havoc with your health by causing autoimmune diseases like arthritis, diabetes and heart problems.

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    What can be Done about Inflammation

    Inflammation can be controlled through a balanced diet, for one thing. Research validates the role of a healthy diet in reducing inflammation. Also, certain vitamins have been found to help control inflammatory processes in the body. You can take these vitamins in supplement form or by eating more foods that contain them naturally.

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    Vitamin A

    A lack of vitamin A in your body may result into inflammation in the intestines, lungs, and skin. Some people benefit from vitamin A supplements in reduction of inflammation that contribute to conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, acne, and lung disease. You can naturally ingest vitamin A from whole milk, liver, carrots and some fortified foods.

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    Vitamin B6

    Vitamin B6 deficiency is associated with rheumatoid arthritis, leading to joint damage. The deficiency can be corrected through vitamin B6 supplements, although the research evidence for this isn’t conclusive yet. Foods like beef, turkey, vegetables, and fish contain plentiful of B vitamins. You need to take vitamin B6 daily because it is water-soluble and gets flushed out of the body constantly.

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    Vitamin C

    According to research, vitamin C supplements may significantly lower the levels of CRP (c-reactive protein).  These are the inflammatory markers and more research needs to be done to validate whether their low levels work toward lower risk for heart diseases. However, vitamin C found abundantly in oranges and other citrus fruits helps our body in many other ways like producing collagen for skin, cartilage, ligaments, and blood vessels.

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    Vitamin D

    Lack of vitamin D in body has been associated with a number of inflammatory diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease, and type 1 diabetes. In fact, according to a study, people with the highest vitamin D levels had a 40% lower risk of colon cancer as compared to people with lowest level of this vitamin. Vitamin D can be taken through sunlight, fish, liver, beef, egg yolks, and some fortified foods.

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    Vitamin E

    The alpha-tocopherol type of vitamin E slows the release of inflammatory substances that damage the heart, eventually preventing you from heart diseases. It might also be effective in alleviating lung inflammation related to allergies. Just like vitamin C, vitamin E is another antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. You can get it through nuts, seeds, and green leafy vegetable.

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    Vitamin K

    Getting more vitamin K can reduce levels of inflammatory markers throughout the body. You must consume green vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, kale, and spinach for getting adequate vitamin K which is best known for its role in helping blood clot, along with other benefits.

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