Do you suffer from any inflammatory conditions? Reducing your intake and store of arachidonic acid can be helpful in relieving your pain and inflammation. One of the many ill effects of the meat eating diet is the excess accumulation of arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid is actually a fatty acid produced and utilized in the body for the maintenance of good health. However, it can have adverse effects when consumed in excess. Once the elevation to a vegan diet has taken place, there is still the need to relieve the body of the ill effects of meat eating that continue to present themselves as ill health.
Arachidonic acid is one of the Omega 6, essential fatty acids. The body needs it for the function of almost every body organ; the brain included. It produces an inflammatory response in our body, which at a normal level, is all part of the healthy process. When we take in too much though, as when we consume regular amounts of red meats, organ meats, egg yolks and shellfish, the inflammation becomes severe and painful.
“The body uses AA to produce a class of eicosanoids that are strongly pro-inflammatory, constrict our blood vessels, and increase the possibility of blood clotting.”
“While inflammatory responses to acute infections and injuries mediated by these eicosanoids have certain beneficial effects, persistent inflammation has a degrading effect that can lead to debility and death.”
Inflammation is the root of many ailments. Arthritis is one of the most well known ailments associated with inflammation. Obesity is affected by inflammation also, because inflammation produces insulin resistance, which starves the muscles and stimulates hunger. Other ailments include migraines, menstrual disorders, skin inflammations, and stomach and intestinal inflammations.
“AA also releases in the body substances known as ‘leukotrienes’, which act beneficially to heal wounds and injuries but in excess are thought to provoke breast lumps and inflammations such as arthritis. The inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis is considered a direct result of excessive leukotrienes. Other leukotriene-related conditions are asthma, dermatitis, rhinitis, psoriasis, and lupus (systematic lupus erythematosus). AA/PGE2 also stimulates cell division and proliferation, which, when taken to an extreme degree, can be directly linked to cancer and tumors.”- Healing With Whole Foods, Paul Pitchford
The other essential fatty acids actually help to alleviate the pain and inflammation caused by arachidonic acid. All fatty acids release what are termed, prostaglandins, into our systems. The prostaglandins from arachidonic acid are PG2, and the others are PG1 and PG3. The PG1 and PG3 limit the production of PG2. These helpful PG1 and PG3 are abundant in unrefined oils of flax, olive, pumpkin, chia, evening primrose, and also nuts and seeds like walnut and sunflower. Remaining steadfast with a vegan diet is so key and worthwhile in order to reduce the intake of arachidonic acid (PG2), because PGE2 actually inhibits the production of the helpful PG1 and PG3.
Chlorophyll has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Including chlorophyll rich foods in the diet, such as green leafy vegetables, cereal grasses (wheat and barley), micro-algae (spirulina and chlorella), and green drinks (including liquid chlorophyll itself), are all ways to correct the damage suffered from eating meat and the consequent high intake of arachidonic acid. Many herbs and spices help as well.
“Research has also shown that certain foods and spices can block the enzymes that fuel the process of pain and inflammation. These anti-inflammatory foods and spices include ginger, cayenne, turmeric, garlic & onion, rosemary, and herbs such as Boswellia (an Ayurvedic herb), wintergreen, licorice root, and black willow. Additional nutrients including Vitamin E and Quercetin (a natural anti-inflammatory found in foods such as citrus fruits, apples, onions, parsley, tea, and red wine) also inhibit enzymes that trigger inflammation.”
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These facts help us to easily facilitate the healing process with healthy eating. Food is medicine, and it is a healthy, enjoyable pathway to health. Begin today to reduce the arachidonic acid excess in your system and enjoy relief from pain and inflammation.
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