Turn Any Diet into an Anti-Inflammatory Diet!
Scientists, doctors and the general public are finally catching on to the fact that most diseases that make people sick and die these days—including heart disease and cancer—can be traced to a condition of chronic inflammation (See my earlier post: “What is inflammation?“) They are also catching on to the fact that chronic inflammation can be limited or even eliminated by eating an anti-inflammatory diet. And you don’t have to look very far online for plenty of suggestions for what to eat in an anti-inflammatory diet, most of which are pretty similar, and—for most people—hard to follow without a complete dietary makeover. That’s because most anti-inflammatory diets start with a long list of stuff you should not eat.
What my own research has uncovered is that the problem is not so much with the foods we eat, but with the foods that are missing from our diet. I have found that you can eat all the wheat and saturated fats—even trans fats—you want, for example, as long as your diet contains enough of the 3 anti-inflammatory basics: Omega-3 fatty acids, salicylic acid, and—most important of all—the amino acid, glycine. When the diet is deficient in omega-3’s, any form of cellular damage or stress results in the generation of more pro-inflammatory prostaglandins, which are made from omega-6 fats. This is exacerbated when intake of the natural regulator of prostaglandin synthesis—salicylic acid—is too low. (Medical science doesn’t even recognize this one. Instead, they tell you to take a potent, synthetic drug form of salicylic acid: aspirin.)
But here’s how easy it is to get these 3 key anti-inflammatory nutrients: Omega-3s are abundant in a number of vegetable foods, such as walnuts and almonds, which also contain a fair amount of salicylic acid. For an even better animal source of omega-3s, you can eat fish two or 3 times a week, or take a daily fish oil supplement if you don’t eat fish. Another really great source of salicylic acid is fruit—especially berry fruits, but also especially grapes. So if you have a daily serving of grapes in any form: fresh grapes, raisins, grape juice or wine (red or white), you’re covered that way. (A daily glass of orange juice also has you covered for salicylic acid).
So far, pretty easy, right? You may well be already consuming a diet that has adequate omega-3s and salicylic acid. But you may well be still suffering from some form of chronic inflammation. That’s because almost any diet is deficient in glycine. Why is glycine important? It turns out that glycine is the most important regulator of the macrophages—the ameba-like cells in the body that actually do the damage of inflammation. Without adequate glycine, these macrophages get hyperstimulated, resulting in excess inflammation, which can become chronic.
Why are most diets (even those claiming to be an ‘anti-inflammatory diet’) deficient in glycine? Most of the glycine in our bodies—and in the bodies of the meat, fish and poultry we eat—is in the collagen protein, which is in the bones and connective tissues: the parts we usually throw away! There is an easily available commercial food source: gelatin, like you find in Jell-o® desserts. Trouble is, you need to eat an awful lot of Jell-o—about 16 servings a day—to get optimal glycine intake.
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