The Nine Causes of Ageing
What is Inflammation?
Acute inflammation is a vital immune response that protects and heals the body following physical injury or infection. Acute inflammation involves localised pain, heat, swelling and redness.
However, chronic inflammation, often silent, involves the perpetuation of the pro-inflammatory response. Chronic inflammation can result from a viral or microbial infection, environmental antigen (e.g., pollen), autoimmune reaction or persistent activation of inflammatory molecules. The persistent low-grade attack on all body tissues caused by chronic inflammation precedes and characterises most degenerative diseases. It impairs the functioning and repair of tissues and cells and accelerates ageing.
How does the body deal with inflammation?
The effects of inflammation depend upon the ability of tissues to repair. For instance, cells with little to no regenerative capacity, including neurons, cardiac cells and skeletal muscle cells, would be especially vulnerable to the effects of inflammation. In contrast, skin cells continue to proliferate throughout life; thus, wounds to the skin are usually easily healed.
Diets rich in saturated fats, trans fats and foods with a high glycemic index stimulate inflammation. In contrast, adherence to the Mediterranean diet, a diet rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and whole grains, helps prevent chronic inflammation.
In what way is Lumity’s approach to inflammation unique and more effective than any other?
Increasing dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids generally decreases inflammation, whereas increasing dietary intake of omega-6 fatty acids increases inflammatory markers. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in the typical Western diet is about 16:1, yet it is estimated that humans evolved on a diet with an omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio of about 1:1. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed oil is 1:4, which helps redress the balance without the introduction of contaminants, such as heavy metals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), often present in fish oils.
Turmeric has been proven to counteract inflammation more effectively than many drugs and it is a natural, safe substance. As inflammation is central to cancer initiation, promotion and metastasis, turmeric is a powerful ally against cancer.
Lumity contains flaxseed oil and turmeric, as well as, l-carnitine, coenzyme q10 and l-cysteine, which are all very effective anti-inflammatory ingredients.