Seems that no matter what condition you look at, inflammation seems to be one of the culprits that starts of a series of health issues. Chronic inflammation is involved in diseases as diverse as hardening of the arteries, heart valve dysfunction, obesity, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and others. It is deceptive in that its silent nature conceals destructive power. Due to the fact that it contributes so greatly to deterioration associated with the aging process, this silent state of chronic inflammation has been coined a “silent killer”.
There are two markers that you should have tested to determine your level of risk. An increase off inflammation marker IL-6 is trouble, as there is a significant correlation between spiked levels of IL-6 and the health conditions listed above. In a clinical trial, Celt Naturals Immuno-Care® was shown to reduce levels of IL-6.
The other marker that affects disease is C-Reactive Protein (CRP), a molecule produced by the liver that is released in the blood, in response to inflammation. This marker is now being used to determine the amount of inflammation in the body, and is also used in conjunction with other tests, especially in determining the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Plant sterols have been shown to reduce CRP., , .
- Pilot Clinical Trial on Celt Naturals Immuno-Care®. Laidlaw M. Dept Human Nutraceutical Research, University of Guelph, March 2005.
- C-Reactive Protein, Interleukin-6 as Predictors of Coronary Heart Disease. The Prime Study. Artt. Throm. Luc, Bard et al. Vasc Biol. 2003;23;1255.
- Direct Proinflammatory Effect of C-Reactive Protein on Human Endothelial Cells. Pasceri, Willerson et al. Circulation 2000:102:2165.
- Relations of C-Reactive Protein and Interleukin-6 with Silent Brain Infarction. Hoshi, Kitagawa et al. Stroke 2005;36:768.