(NaturalNews) With so much press about the dangers of inflammation, many are already aware of its connection with a range of serious illness. And yet, the fact that heavy metal toxicity is at the root of inflammation oftentimes slips by unnoticed. The unfortunate truth of the matter is this: Until we address toxic metals within the body, methods to tame inflammation will simply be a stopgap measure.
Inflaming cellular pathways
Lyn Hanshew, M.D., believes that inflammation indicates heavy metal toxicity, which leads to the development of diseases such as arteriosclerosis, diabetes, asthma, hypertension, arthritis, colitis and hepatitis, as well as a slew of other degenerative diseases. When the toxic load of heavy metals turns critical, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid conversion pathways in cellular membranes become imbalanced, triggering a cascade of inflammation.
Additionally, due to the nature of heavy metals, important nutrients are blocked from absorption and assimilation. As observed by Dr. Hanshew, "the activity of the enzymes is also dependent upon nutrient co-factors such as Magnesium and Zinc. Toxic heavy metals, such as Mercury[,] specifically block the absorption and assimilation of these nutrients and thus can negatively affect the enzyme activity. Toxic heavy metals can also shift the equilibrium activity of Delta-6 desaturase to increase the production of GLA, DGLA and AA and decrease the production of EPA, DPA and DHA. This results in an increase of the pro-inflammatory mediators and worsens symptoms in illnesses such as arthritis and asthma."
Moreover, a review of the 2005 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey discovered that cadmium exposure increases the risk for ischaemic heart disease (IHD) and hypertension, both of which are inflammatory conditions. The researchers examined the health reports of 1908 adults, aged 20 years and older, who participated in the survey. Age, income, education, smoking, alcohol, body mass index, waist circumference, blood pressure and blood lead levels, along with family history of hypertension, were taken into account. The team found a positive correlation between cadmium in the blood and increased risk of hypertension in men, and IHD in both sexes.
Uprooting the cause
If you would like to nip inflammation in the bud, detoxifying the body of heavy metals is essential. Some of the best heavy metal chelators include chlorella, cilantro and zeolite.
Chlorella binds to heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, cadmium and lead and safely escorts the toxins out of the body - all without risk of reabsorption in the digestive tract. Cilantro is another excellent chelator, targeting mercury, aluminum and lead. And then there is zeolite, a mineral with a unique honeycomb composition that acts like a magnet toward heavy metals. Not only does zeolite draw toxins from the tissues, but it also locks the offenders into its structure for safe removal from the body.
In the end, we can use turmeric, fish oils and other foods in the quest to conquer inflammation, but until we address the true source, we are simply treating the symptoms of a larger problem.
About the author: Carolanne believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, she has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of green living for over 13 years. Through her website www.Thrive-Living.net, she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people who share a similar vision.