Top 7 anti-inflammatory foods

Nutrients which reduce chronic inflammation

The biggest single risk to your long term health is what’s called ‘chronic sub-clinical inflammation’. It’s a continuous, damaging level of inflammation of body tissues that tends to build up as we age, but is normally not noticeable. So it’s an insidious, but major threat.

How major? VERY major!

“Inflammation is an underlying contributor to virtually every chronic disease … along with major killers such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.”

Scientific American

“Inflammatory factors predict virtually all bad outcomes in humans … having heart attacks, having heart failure, becoming diabetic … becoming fragile in old age … cognitive function decline, even cancer to a certain extent.”

Russell Tracy, Professor of Pathology and Biochemistry, University of Vermont College of Medicine

“… we can now seriously start thinking about inflammation as a potential driver of accelerated ageing and how we might be able to delay it.”

Institutes for Ageing and Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University

Chronic versus acute inflammation

We are normally familiar with inflammation as the sign of a good immune response. We suffer a cut or sting and the area becomes inflamed – which is a sign that your immune system is working to bring healing white blood cells like neutrophils and macrophages to cure the problem.

But that type of inflammation is called acute inflammation. The cause and the cure are both short term.

The problem arises when damage occurs within your body’s tissues, but that damage is not completely cleared by the immune response. That sets up a low level of continuous, long term chronic inflammation that damages cells and tissues.

This type of inflammation is a key driver of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, erectile dysfunction and indeed any diseases ending in  ‘itis’ – which means inflammatory.  So arthritis, colitis, sinusitis and many, many, more.

It also creates an environment that more easily allows the spread of cancerous cells.

Top 7 Anti-inflammatory foods

Therefore lowering the level of inflammation is a vital contribution to your long term health. So make sure the following feature regularly in your diet:

  1. Salmon (or other oily fish)Top 7 anti-inflammatory foods NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

    Salmon contains Omega-3 fatty acids. Studies show that people who have a higher intake of Omega 3 suffer fewer heart problems because Omega 3 reduces inflammation and helps lower cholesterol . The American Heart Association suggests you eat oily fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, trout and herring at least 2-3 times a week.

  2. BroccoliTop 7 anti-inflammatory foods NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

    Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, part of a group including cabbage, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. They are high in a plant compound called glucosinolates, which are powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Population studies show that eating a diet high in cruciferous vegetables is linked to a lower risk of cancer.

  3. BlueberriesTop 7 anti-inflammatory foods NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

    Blueberries contain significant amounts of polyphenols and carotenoids.It is the polyphenol and carotenoid content of plant foods, not just their vitamins and minerals, which makes fruits and vegetables so valuable to your health.

    Carotenoids are largely concentrated in the skin and colouring of fruits like blueberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and strawberries – and they and polyphenols have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, which researchers strongly believe helps prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease.

    The carotenoids lutein and lycopene are known to prevent and repair the DNA and cellular damage done by free radicals – which, unchecked, can trigger cancer.

  4. KaleTop 7 anti-inflammatory foods NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

    Kale is a great source of vitamins A, C, and K, and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Kale, like broccoli, contains glucosinolates, plus the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids have been shown to protect vision and lower your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. A similar anti-inflammatory superfood is spinach. It too contains lutein, vitamin K2 (which is heart healthy), folic acid, and beta carotene. Research shows that people who eat a largely plant based diet, including these leafy green vegetables, have a significantly reduced risk of cancer and heart disease.

  5. Carrots and sweet potatoes
    Top 7 anti-inflammatory foods NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

    Carrots of course contain the carotenoid beta-carotene which your body can convert to vitamin A as needed. Carrots also contain other carotenoids (zeaxanthin and lutein), and these antioxidants help reduce your risk of cancer by shielding your healthy cells from free radical damage. They are also a good source of fibre.

    Sweet potatoes, like other orange-coloured vegetables, are also high in vitamin A and beta-carotene antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. They are also high in fibre and high fibre consumption is linked to lower cancer risk.

  6. Almonds, walnuts and other nutsTop 7 anti-inflammatory foods NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

    Nuts are very healthy, and you should try to incorporate a handful each day into your diet – either as a snack or on cereals. Eating almonds, walnuts, pecans and Brazils is linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Walnuts are a great source of protein, vitamin E, minerals and phytochemicals called sterols. They also contain monounsaturated fatty acids (as does olive oil) and heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.

  7. AvocadosTop 7 anti-inflammatory foods NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

    Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats, plus they’re a great source of magnesium, fibre, and potassium – all cardio-healthy nutrients.

The combination of the vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and polyphenols in these top 7 (ish) foods is the basis of a highly anti-inflammatory diet.

You really are – and will become – what you eat.

Reduce pro-inflammatory foods

But you must also aim to reduce the amount of pro-inflammatory foods in your diet.Top 7 anti-inflammatory foods NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Your body uses fatty acids from the food you eat to make the outer membranes of cells and also certain important hormones. Omega 6 fatty acids – found in polyunsaturated plant oils like safflower, sunflower and corn oil and in very many ready meals and processed foods  – are used by the body to produce hormones that promote inflammation.

Omega 3 fatty acids (from oily fish) have the opposite effect – they are used to produce hormones that reduce inflammation.


All this is why University College London recently joined the American Cancer Society in recommending 9-10 portions of fruits and vegetables a day. Plus the 2-3 portions of oily fish.

Of course it is rather a challenge for most people – so an anti-inflammatory nutritional supplement like NutriShield that includes a range of polyphenols, flavonoids and carotenoids plusOmega 3, as well as an optimised level of vitamins and minerals, can be a good choice to ‘fill in the gaps’.

If you want to read more about this topic you can download a free e-book called “Inflamm-ageing” below.

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A natural way to help SAD

SAD Seasonal Affective Disorder

A natural way to help SAD NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsI’m looking out of the window and it’s a grey, cold, overcast day. Just the sort of day that encourages Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.

SAD is associated with a lack of energy and depression. In some 8% of people it’s serious enough to need treatment, but in some degree it affects at least a quarter of us. And almost all of us feel less upbeat after a spell of gloomy weather.

SAD – or the ‘winter blues’ – is caused by insufficient sunlight. The result is a general lethargy and, in some people, sleep problems, lower libido and an urge to overeat. There’s even a charity devoted to helping victims of SAD.

The connection with mood is because light passes through the eye to the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that controls the production of many of your hormones – including oxytocin, the ‘love’ hormone.

Lack of sunlight in winter months leads to insufficient vitamin D

A natural way to help SAD NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsLack of sunlight is responsible for even more serious conditions than a general feeling of malaise.

If you are like the majority of people in our modern world, you work indoors almost all the time. Then you go home, cook and relax by reading or watching TV – so you continue to be indoors.

The result is that you don’t get enough sunlight and therefore you don’t get enough vitamin D. Yet we are evolved to absorb sunlight and when we do not get enough, our bodies don’t function well.

Vitamin D plays a major role in maintaining overall health. It regulates over 1,000 different genes – upregulating health-promoting genes and downregulating health-threatening genes.

Vitamin D and cancer

Research shows that sub-optimal levels of vitamin D3 in the blood are linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, possibly multiple sclerosis and an increased risk of various forms of cancer, including breast, colon and prostate cancer.

Significantly, researchers have tracked mortality rates from breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon, and ovarian cancer and found them lower in the sunnier states of the USA.

Cells in your body have vitamin D “receptors”, and the presence of these specific receptors mean vitamin D is actually a hormone, rather than a vitamin.

 We know that vitamin D plays an important role in how cells develop. So it is perhaps not surprising that when vitamin D is directly applied to ‘D receptors’ in the laboratory, cancer cells stop growing and multiplying, according to research published by the National Cancer Institute in America.

Although all males who lack adequate levels of vitamin D are more vulnerable to prostate problems, males originally of African origin are especially at risk of prostate cancer.

Optimum vitamin D lowers risk of dementia and heart disease

Sub-optimal levels of vitamin D can be injurious to health generally and they are also linked to dementia. In fact, a 7 year study published in the US National Library of Medicine shows that low levels of vitamin D increase the risk of dementia almost 20 times!

Vitamin D deficiency is also very common in people with cardiovascular disease. A 2010 survey showed that almost all people with heart failure have reduced D levels. So much so that low vitamin D status is now acknowledged as an independent predictor for arterial diseases, including heart attacks and strokes.

There are dozens of studies that show you need vitamin D to maintain your cardiovascular health. But in the winter it’s virtually impossible to get the level you need from sunlight. And few foods can provide enough to make up the difference.

Take a vitamin D3 supplement

A supplement of vitamin D3 – the natural version that is created by sunlight – is the answer.

But it’s important to make sure you’re taking the proper dose. Studies of cardiovascular patients who take only an average of 500 IU a day generally show little benefit, whereas those taking 2,000 IU do.

Vitamin D and diabetes

People with diabetes have lower levels of vitamin D than the general population. A vitamin D deficiency makes you almost twice as likely to progress to insulin resistance, the pre-cursor of diabetes or ‘pre-diabetes’. And more than doubles your risk for progressing to type II diabetes (see references).

On the other hand, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that a supplement level of vitamin D3 at 2,000 IU a day slows the progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes.

When overweight, non-diabetic adults supplemented with 2,000 IU/day of vitamin D or a placebo for 16 weeks, the vitamin D group had significantly improved insulin secretion and glucose clearance from their blood. The control subjects saw a worsening of these markers.


A natural way to help SAD NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsEnsuring that you have an optimum intake of vitamin D is essential to combat SAD and protect against cancer, heart disease, dementia and diabetes.

One a day vitamin pills with just the Recommended Daily Amount (RDA/RNI) are sub-optimal, as the RDA/RNI in the UK and EU is inadequate, particularly for winter.

You can get a free report by Dr Paul Clayton and Colin Rose on the case for optimum vitamin D and advice from this link. https://nutrishield.com/the-products/vitamin-d/

 


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A natural way to help SAD NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsDr Paul Clayton’s best-selling book Health Defence is available from booksellers.

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Serum vitamin D deficiency as a predictor of incident non-Alzheimer dementias: a 7-year longitudinal study. Annweiler C, Rolland Y, Schott AM, Blain H, Vellas B, Beauchet O. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2011;32(4):273-8.

Vitamin D deficiency and myocardial diseases. Pilz S, Tomaschitz A, Drechsler C, Dekker JM, Marz W Mol Nutr Food Res. 2010 Aug;54(8):1103-13

Vitamin D status and peripheral arterial disease: evidence so far. Chua GT, Chan YC, Cheng SW.. Vasc Health Risk Manag. 2011;7:671-5.

Recruitment and results of a pilot trial of vitamin D supplementation in the general population of Australia. Tran B, Armstrong BK, Carlin JB, et al. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2012 Dec;97(12):4473-80.

Lipoprotein lipase links vitamin D, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes: a cross-sectional epidemiological study. Huang Y, Li X, Wang M, et al. Cardiovasc Diabetol. 2013;12:17.

Effects of vitamin D and calcium supplementation on pancreatic beta cell function, insulin sensitivity, and glycemia in adults at high risk of diabetes: the Calcium and Vitamin D for Diabetes Mellitus (CaDDM) randomized controlled trial. Mitri J, Dawson-Hughes B, Hu FB, Pittas AG.. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Aug;94(2):486-94.