Chronic inflammation has been dubbed the deadly, but silent killer because it is most often the inflammation we cannot see. It’s not the pimple on your face or the rash on your arm; it is the inflammation inside of us. Because we don’t have swelling and redness, we may not even be aware that this inflammation exists if it is not causing us pain.
It is sort of undercover, but it can still kill you.
This type of chronic inflammation makes its home in our arteries and makes us more vulnerable to the threat of strokes and heart attacks, either one of which can be fatal. Now, there is a strong link between inflammation and these conditions. Scientists are still working hard to investigate this link. They hope that if they are able to come up with a way to stop inflammation in its tracks, then they can possibly prevent a host of deadly and serious diseases.
It was more than 10 years ago when Time Magazine published an article that showed there was possibly an underlying link between chronic inflammation and many other ailments and diseases. It is believed that inflammation could possibly be linked to arthritis, colon cancer, and Alzheimer’s.
Inflammation is basically our bodies responding to attack. When invaders such as bacteria and infection enter our bodies, the white blood cells rush to combat them. This inflammation – when it is working the way it is supposed to – does its duty and then goes away. What scientists are looking at was when this process goes haywire.
When the inflammation doesn’t disappear, it begins to attack the healthy parts of the body. We call this chronic inflammation and researchers believe this can lead to heart disease and other serious conditions.
Pharmaceutical companies realize that this is a chance for them to make the big money, so they are working to develop cures for inflammation. But their cures involve taking a pill concocted in a laboratory.
There are other, more natural ways to reduce or eliminate chronic inflammation. Nopalea Juice is being hailed as an all-natural anti-inflammatory because its main ingredient – the prickly pear cactus – is known for fighting inflammation.
The prickly pear – also called the Nopal – cactus not only fights inflammation, but is also a natural antioxidant because it contains special pigments called betalains that fight cancer-forming cells. Betalains are also found in Swiss chard and beets, but not many other foods.
Even the infamous Dr. Oz has talked about the benefits of the cactus. He mentions the plant on two episodes of his television show. In one episode, he did a demonstration about how the fibrous plant can help people with diabetes by helping to regulate blood sugar levels. In addition, he had comedian Jimmy Fallon on the show and recommended that hangovers be treated with a bit of the cactus juice.
It appears that the prickly pear cactus has helped people who suffer from a host of ailments ranging from acne to migraines to arthritis to fibromyalgia.