Scientist recently reported that a simple substance found in celery and green peppers may be used as a natural health remedy help to prevent inflammation in the brain. This finding could have important implications for aging and brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and memory loss.
Although inflammation is the body’s response to fight infection and to promote healing researchers have shown that chronic inflammation is involved in many diseases such as heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases, asthma, Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases attributed to the aging process.
Celery and green peppers are an abundant source of the natural health remedy luteolin, a flavanoid which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties. Chronic inflammation is associated with the production of free radicals which causes untold damage to cells.
To prevent free radical damage the body has its own system of antioxidants but it depends on adequate vital nutrients such as Vitamins A, C & E, carotenoids and the minerals selenium, copper, zinc and iron being present.
These vital nutrients and many other naturally occurring antioxidants in food come from a diet high in flavanoids found in fresh fruit, vegetables, green tea, red wine and cocoa.
As well as celery and green peppers luteolin is also found in cabbage, carrots, parsley, basil, thyme and camomile. Chronic inflammatory conditions will only stop when the free radicals in the area of inflammation is stabilized and the attack on healthy cells ends.
Dr Perlmutter, a neurologist who treats Alzheimers and other brain conditions with nutritonal protocols refers to these conditions as “the brain on fire”. He explains that the symptoms result from the damage done to the neurons (brain cells) by the free radicals generated by free radicals. You have to put out the fire to improve the condition.
The most effective natural approach to Alzheimer’s Disease must reduce the inflammation and free radical damage and improve the function of the neurones.
An anti-inflammatory diet excludes foods that promote inflammation:
- Foods high in saturated fats such as meat, dairy products and eggs as well as other high fat foods, fried foods and processed foods high in trans fats or hydrogenated fats.
- Processed meats such as luncheon meats, sausages and hot dogs that contain nitrites.
- Sugar and high sugar foods like soft drinks, candy, cakes and pastries.
And emphasizes foods that reduce inflammation:
- Omega 3 fats from oily fish, (not swordfish, shark, king mackerel, or tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury), walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax oil or seeds (linseeds).
- Fresh fruit & vegetables including plenty of green leafy vegetables and berries. 5 or more servings a day.
- Vegetarian protein from beans and lentils.
- Wholegrains – They do not trigger insulin that promotes inflammation.
- Free range or organic poultry
- Pure water, herbal teas, vegetable juices