Five Ways to Fight Inflammation

Inflammation, a process meant to heal, can often become a danger; chronic inflammation causes heart attacks, stroke – and even cancer. How can you prevent this first-aid response from becoming a first-line attacker? Dr. Oz has 5 simple tips.

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Ward off the dangers of chronic inflammation by incorporating these 5 lifesavers into your lifestyle.

Aspirin Considered the Holy Grail of anti-inflammatories, aspirin keeps the blood’s platelets from clumping and clotting. Taken mostly to prevent heart attacks, there is evidence to suggest that a daily dose of aspirin may also work to fight colon cancer and Alzheimer’s disease by reducing inflammation in the digestive tract and brain. Some doctors suggest that women do not take aspirin daily until after they have ceased menstruating; consult your doctor before taking.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Found in fish oil and certain plant and nut oils, like canola and flaxseeds, omega-3 fatty acids are heavy hitters in the fight against heart disease. Fish oil that contains both DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) helps to lower triglycerides and reduces your risk for heart disease, heart attack, abnormal heart rhythms and lowers blood pressure. It is important to note that excessive omega-6 fatty acids, found in corn and sunflower oil, can interfere with the health benefits of omega-3 fats, in part because they compete for the same enzymes which can lead to an increase in inflammation-promoting hormones.

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