A Sneaky Cause of Arthritis, Diabetes, Cancer, and More

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C Reactive
Protein (CRP) is a protein marker of systemic inflammation. It is
considered to be a marker of heart disease and a predictor of heart
attack and stroke. CRP is measured through blood tests as ordered
by your doctor and is also available through the Health Check Blood

CRP can be
an important test, especially if yours is high. While it is commonly
used for heart disease, it can also point to any disease that involves
inflammation such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer,
gum disease, and hidden infections. It can also be the result of
smoking or using synthetic estrogens. Whatever the reason, it is
good to know your level of CRP in the event you need to take some

Chronic inflammation
is generally a response to our lifestyle. The standard American
diet is pro-inflammatory because it promotes high blood sugar, acid
pH, food sensitivities and oxidative stress – all of which
contribute to systemic inflammation.

If you are
wondering how to combat inflammation, you can make dietary changes
to reduce your blood sugar and to incorporate more alkaline forming
foods into your diet. You might also want to eat by your blood type
– this is a great way to get rid of hidden food sensitivities
that may contribute to systemic inflammation.

There several
classes of nutritional supplements that can be helpful in reducing
systemic inflammation. These include enzymes, anti-oxidants, essential
fatty acids, and herbs. One of my favorites is something called
Intenzyme by Biotics Research. This is an enzyme formula that breaks
down proteins that can lead to inflammation. Because it is an enzyme,
it works best when taken on an empty stomach, or it will help digest
your food.

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23, 2010

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