Inflammation & Joint Health

Inflammation & Joint Health

Inflammation is one of the first responses of the immune system to bacteria, infectious agents and other irritations. Inflammation is stimulated by chemical factors released by injured cells and serves to establish a physical barrier against the spread of infection and to promote healing of damaged tissue following the clearance of pathogens. When inflammatory responses are excessive, they result in redness, swelling, pain and stiffness.

Inflammatory responses account for the wheeze and breathing difficulties in asthma, itchiness of eczema, the red wheals of insect bites and allergic dermatitis and swelling after an injury.

Inflammation is an essential process. Without it, wounds would not heal. However, when inflammation continues unchecked, a process that was designed to help the body heal actually becomes highly destructive. Various factors encountered in our modern day lifestyles, including poor diet, stress, lack of sleep and exercise, contribute to ongoing inflammation that can lead to a number of diseases. Inflammation also accelerates premature aging and can sabotage the pursuit of healthy aging.

Inflammation is perhaps best known for its destructive effects on bone and joint health and for the role it plays in arthritis. When the body cannot resolve inflammation, blood flow diminishes, adjacent tissue becomes involved and disease progresses.

While some inflammation is beyond our control, EpiCor® can help maintain a healthy immune system and strengthen resistance before immune health issues develop.*
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