Anti-inflammation for Wellness

10 September 2017

Playing with the fire of inflammation

Harvard Men's Health Watch, Published: August, 2016

  • Inflammation plays a central role in healing, but left to run wild, this process can lead to arthritis, heart disease, and Alzheimer's.
  • Inflammation is like a fire in your body you cannot see or feel. "It's a smoldering process that injures your tissues, joints, and blood vessels, and you often do not notice it until significant damage is done," says Dr. Andrew Luster, of the Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. The damage might show up as arthritis, heart disease, stroke, and even Alzheimer's disease.
  • "The goal is to keep inflammation in check and not let the fire run wild," says Dr. Luster.