Tag Archives: Boswellia-Turmeric Complex by Douglas Laboratories

Silencing Inflammation

SilencingInflammationJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

By now, many recognize the difference between a healthy acute inflammatory response versus an unhealthy persistent one. Acute inflammation is a necessary and vital short-term immune response to an injury, pathogenic invasion, damaged tissue, or toxic chemical effects. Systemic low-grade chronic inflammation is a long-term health damaging and unnecessary inflammatory response that can continue unnoticed and unabated for years. This prolonged state of emergency keeps the immune system’s first responders on high alert, eventually triggering disease processes that can cause lasting damage to the heart, brain, blood vessels, joint, cells and other organs.

Researchers continue to study the effects of chronic inflammation to seek an understanding of triggers that in some cases cause the body to attack its own healthy tissues. More than eighty autoimmune diseases have been identified, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and multiple sclerosis. Genetics may play a role, as autoimmune diseases tend to run in families, and women, in particular, have a higher risk for developing certain autoimmune conditions. Depending upon the disease, flare ups may be followed by periods of time when uncomfortable symptoms may temporarily subside. The ultimate goal of treatment is to reduce symptoms, control the autoimmune process and maintain the body’s ability to fight disease, as when the immune system is overwhelmed, it will prioritize defense over repair.

Culprits that can contribute to inflammation:

Visceral fat: Deep belly fat is thought to be a major cause of inflammation, as metabolically active fat cells release numerous hormones and chemical messengers that can lead to leptin and insulin resistance. These factors also ultimately contribute to increased appetite and fat accumulation, and consequently even higher levels of inflammation.

Gluten: Foods that contain wheat, including durum, rye, barley and ancient grains, as well as beer and malt beverages, can cause an immune response in those with sensitivities, allergies or celiac disease. This includes bakery goods, pasta, cereal, soy sauce, pretzels, tortillas, salad dressings, veggie burgers and many other products and condiments. Eliminating gluten from the diet helps to calm inflammation in many people.

Dairy and casein: As numerous food allergies result from specific types of proteins, those who are  sensitive to casein proteins found in dairy, or who are lactose (milk sugar) intolerant should eliminate dairy from their diets. Casein allergies or intolerances can result in gastrointestinal problems, joint pain, fatigue and behavioral changes. Eliminating dairy/casein from the diet also means eliminating a top source of calcium. Green leafy vegetables, bone broth, and dried fruits all provide a rich source of absorbable calcium for those excluding dairy. Be sure to include foods rich in vitamins K1 and K2, which are essential for calcium utilization, such as fermented foods and greens.

Sugar: Research has confirmed the link between added sugar and higher inflammatory markers, like C-reactive protein. A diet high in refined carbohydrates and added sugars can lead to obesity, insulin resistance, increased gut permeability, oxidative stress, and chronic low-grade inflammation. Additionally, the risk of developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, mental decline, and other chronic diseases increases with excess sugar consumption. Natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables have not been linked to inflammation, and many, in fact, may be anti-inflammatory.

Good lifestyle habits can help reduce inflammation:

Read food labels. Look for hidden sources of added sugar in processed foods, flavored yogurts, and cereals, as well as more obscure sources of gluten, such as brewer’s yeast, oatmeal, sausages and candy.

Eat more vegetables and fruits that contain fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to combat and reduce inflammation. Regularly consume anti-inflammatory spices, including turmeric, garlic, ginger, cinnamon and cayenne pepper, to help reduce symptoms of pain and inflammation. Used traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric helps control inflammation, and has shown some potential against inflammation linked diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis.

Regularly consume antioxidant-rich foods such as nuts, beets, cruciferous vegetables, berries, leafy greens, cherries, and artichokes. Numerous plant bioactive components have been shown to have pharmacological properties that counteract various acute and chronic diseases. Per the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the impact of oxidative stress and resulting free radical production can lead to imbalances of enzymatic processes, resulting in cell damage and health issues. Insufficient antioxidant compounds in the daily diet can lead to the development of degenerative diseases, including cancers, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s, neurogenerative diseases and inflammatory conditions.

Exercising regularly and effectively managing stress levels can also help fight inflammation. Stress can be particularly harmful when it comes to inflammation, as it can alter gene expression in immune cells, making them more likely to attack the body’s own tissues.

Maintain a healthy weight, as obesity triggers a cascade of cellular inflammation that leads to metabolic conditions including insulin resistance. Losing excess body fat helps to normalize blood sugar levels, reduces inflammation and, in some cases, results in type 2 diabetes reversal.

Be moderate in alcohol consumption, as alcohol is a known contributor to many diseases and disorders some of which are linked to inflammation. Heavy drinking can lead to a condition known as “leaky gut” that can drive widespread inflammation and lead to organ damage.

Make an all out effort to cease smoking. In addition to causing morbidity and mortality, cigarette smoke causes diverse changes in immunity that lead to increased inflammation, impaired immune response to pathogens, and suppressed anti-tumor immune cell functions.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality products to help reduce inflammation and support overall health:

Zyflamend Whole BodyZyflamend™ Whole Body by New Chapter®: This 100% botanical full spectrum formula delivers turmeric, ginger, rosemary and other plant extracts in support of the body’s natural healthy inflammatory response, as well as the relief of minor pain or soreness associated with exercise. Naturally gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Boswellia-Turmeric...Boswellia-Turmeric Complex by Douglas Laboratories®: This product provides a synergistic blend of three standardized botanical extracts in support of a healthy inflammatory response and free radical protection. Includes boswellia, turmeric, and devil’s claw, which are beneficial for connective tissues, including joints, ligaments and cartilage. Free of yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk/dairy, corn, sugar, starch, artificial coloring, artificial preservatives. Non-GMO formulation.

Vital ClearVital Clear® by Vital Nutrients: This powdered formula provides 29 grams of non-GMO rice protein and pea protein isolate, as well as a full range of high quality naturally pure macro-and micro-nutrients. Vital Clear® supports healthy blood sugar maintenance, detoxification, and suppressed  inflammation. Free of binders, gluten (wheat, rye, barley), milk/dairy (casein, whey), soy protein, egg protein, and sugar. Natural pineapple flavor.

Homocysteine...Homocysteine Response™ by Innate® Response Formulas: Skillfully crafted with organic whole food ingredients, this formula helps maintain healthy levels of homocysteine in the body. Elevated homocysteine levels are associated with fat accumulation, as well as tissue and organ damage. Provides specific vitamins, bioactive enzymes, trace minerals and branch chain amino acids. Gluten, wheat, soy, preservative and artificial ingredient free. Assayed for purity and potency.

References:
Why You Should Pay Attention to Chronic Inflammation. http://sugarscience.ucsf.edu/hidden-in-plain-sight/
5 Ways to Reduce Inflammation. https://chopra.com/articles/5-ways-to-reduce-inflammation
11 Food Rules For The Ultimate Anti-Inflammatory Diet. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-22607/11-food-rules-for-the-ultimate-antiinflammatory-diet.html
Sources of Gluten. https://celiac.org/live-gluten-free/glutenfreediet/sources-of-gluten/
Casein Protein Intolerance: https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/casein-protein-intolerance-2028.html
Does Sugar Cause Inflammation in the Body? https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/sugar-and-inflammation
Cigarette Smoking and Inflammation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3261116/
12 Healthy Foods High in Antioxidants.
Hidden in Plain Sight. http://sugarscience.ucsf.edu/hidden-in-plain-sight/
Autoimmune disorders. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000816.htm
Best Spices for Arthritis. https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/arthritis-diet/best-foods-for-arthritis/best-spices-for-arthritis.php
The Role of Antioxidants and Natural Products in Inflammation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5075620/

 

Natural Non-Opioid Alternatives for Chronic Pain Management

NaturalPainManagementJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Those who tuned in to the recent 60 Minutes investigative report on the opioid crisis no longer need to wonder what fueled America’s widespread ongoing drug epidemic. For many, it was shocking to learn that in April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, three major drug distribution corporations and the pharmaceutical industry successfully lobbied certain members of Congress to pass legislation that would maximize pharmaceutical profits at the expense of people’s lives. Under the guise of making pain medications available for those needing acute pain relief, the law allowed shipments of millions of opioids to continue unabated to shady pill mill operations, while unsuspecting or unscrupulous doctors handed out prescriptions like candy.

The industry-friendly legislation effectively made it relatively impossible for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to suspend a drug company’s operations when they failed to comply with federal law. The law weakened the DEA’s ability to freeze opioid sales to suspected pill mills, and allowed the pharmaceutical and drug distribution corporations to continue to deliver suspicious orders. Essentially the legislation sanctioned the pharmaceutical industry to unleash millions of highly addictive pharmaceutical grade prescription narcotics onto America’s streets. To make matters worse, dozens of qualified DEA agents, as well as Justice Department officials with intimate knowledge of DEA processes, are now employed by the pharmaceutical industry.

If a war on prescription painkillers actually exists, the drug industry is winning by raking in billions of dollars in profits.

Clearly, the American people are the losers. Although the current administration has yet to declare the opioid addiction crises a public health emergency, opioids have now claimed more than 200,000 American lives, and that shocking number continues to climb. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 100 Americans tragically overdose every single day, either from prescription abuse or from the street heroin desperate people seek to feed the addiction resulting from legally or illicitly obtained prescription painkillers. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death, with over 52,000 lethal drug overdoses in 2015 alone. Nearly 92 million people, or 38% of the population used a legitimately prescribed opioid in 2015. In many cases, unused medication winds up in the hands of family members or friends. Surveys show that nearly 60% of opioid misuse involved taking opioids without a prescription.

Many blame Big Pharma for sowing the seeds of addiction by downplaying the addictive nature of the drugs in a way that was later shown to be false and misleading. Aggressive marketing to physicians along with lucrative awards for prescribing the controlled substances helped to make opioids widely available. Per the National Institutes of Health, opioid tolerance, dependence and addiction are all manifestations of brain changes resulting from chronic abuse. When opioids travel through the bloodstream to the brain, the chemicals attach to specialized proteins or opioid receptors of opioid sensitive brain neurons, triggering the brain’s pleasure reward systems. While opioids are prescribed therapeutically to relieve pain, in the absence of pain they motivate repeated use of the drug simply for pleasure. Compulsion builds over time and leads to brain cravings, driving abusers to seek out more drugs despite numerable obstacles. Repeated exposure to escalating dosages alters the brain so that it functions normally only when drugs are present. As tolerance builds and higher doses are needed to produce the same pleasurable feeling, drug dependence susceptible to withdrawal symptoms and overdoses ensues.

While these highly addictive pain medications should be available for those who need short term relief, those with long term needs for chronic pain relief may consider safer alternatives to prescription pain medications.

Boswellia-Turmeric...Boswellia-Turmeric Complex by Douglas Laboratories®: This synergistic blend of three standardized botanical extracts work to support the body’s natural physiological responses, protect the body’s connective tissues, provide oxidative damage protection, and strengthen the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response. Soy free, vegetarian formulation.

 

Curcumin 500 with...Curcumin 500 with Bioperine® by Pure Encapsulations®: This highly bioavailable complex supports the body’s natural inflammatory response, promotes natural detoxification, and helps maintain healthy liver, colon, musculoskeletal, and cellular functions. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

Advanced...Advanced Inflammation Support by Complementary Prescriptions: This comprehensive botanical formulation includes multi-modal ingredients and adaptogens to aid maintenance of a balanced inflammatory response.

 

Ultra Omega 900Ultra Omega 900™ by Neurobiologix: This highly concentrated, ultra-pure formula provides enteric coated essential fatty acids sourced from arctic Alaskan waters. Molecularly distilled, independently tested for toxins and stabilized with vitamin E, Ultra Omega supports brain, joint eye, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and overall health. Recommended amounts of EPA and DHA have been shown to benefit joint inflammation, and nervous system function, as well as pain relief. Wheat, gluten, yeast, dairy, preservative and artificial ingredient free.

 

RevitalAge Nerve ...RevitalAge™ Nerve by Pure Encapsulations®: This scientifically researched complex provides support for peripheral neuronal function and comfort. Targeted ingredients support mitochondrial function, cellular energy production, and antioxidant protection. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

SAMe 400 mgSAMe 400 mg by Source Naturals®: These stable, bioavailable enteric coated tablets support joint comfort, function and mobility in the spine, hips, and knees. Present in every living cell, SAMe plays a role in many critical functions and helps to support a positive outlook. Gluten, yeast, dairy, egg, gluten, soy, wheat, preservatives, and artificial ingredient free.

 

Phyto UltraComfort ...Phyto UltraComfort by Pure Encapsulations®: This product supplies traditional botanicals known to reduce occasional minor pain and helps to maintain a healthy inflammatory response by supporting healthy enzyme and immune mediator activities. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

References:
Short Answers to Hard Questions About the Opioid Crisis. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/03/upshot/opioid-drug-overdose-epidemic.html
Drug overdose deaths in the United States continue to increase in 2015. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html
Behind the Curtain of the Opioid Epidemic: The Companies That Profit. http://www.narconon.org/blog/behind-the-curtain-of-the-opioid-epidemic-the-companies-that-profit.html
More than 1 in 3 Americans prescribed opioids in 2015. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/more-than-one-third-americans-prescribed-opioids-in-2015/
Opioid Addiction 2016 Facts & Figures. https://www.asam.org/docs/default-source/advocacy/opioid-addiction-disease-facts-figures.pdf
The Neurobiology of Opioid Dependence: Implications for Treatment. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2851054/
The Drug Industry’s Triumph Over The DEA. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/investigations/dea-drug-industry-congress/?utm_term=.d6915eff5fd7
Opioid Crisis. https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-crisis
Understanding the Epidemic. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html