The Inflammation Process
The airways of the lungs are often swollen and irritated if you have asthma, and become more swollen and irritated when an attack begins. Your healthcare professional may refer to this swelling and irritation as "inflammation."
The process of inflammation is highly complex and is defined as the body's reaction to physical, chemical or biological injury that, in a normal healthy individual, results in the localisation of the problem and regeneration or repair of the damaged tissue. Unfortunately, inflammatory response is not always beneficial to the individual.
Inflammation of the airways occurs in response to certain triggers. These vary from person to person but can include:
- Viral infections such as colds or flu
- Allergies (e.g. to pollen, animals or house dust mites)
- Irritants such as cold air, tobacco smoke, chemical fumes and pollution.
The lining of the airways becomes inflamed when these triggers irritate the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. The muscles surrounding the airways tighten. As a result, swelling occurs and the airways narrow, making it harder to breathe.
Some people show greater inflammation response to triggers. They are usually termed hyper-responsive. Over time, the muscles in the airways change or "remodel" leading to damaged airways.
How Lyprinol can help Maintain Healthy Airways
Inflammation is a critical part of the body's defence mechanism to the invasion of foreign objects, such as viruses. The redness and swelling is a visual indication of the immune system operating and destroying the infection. Left uncontrolled, the mechanism will also act and destroy our own tissues. The body operates a system of checks and balances to ensure that these powerful effects are controlled.
On a biomolecular level, the body uses a series of compounds made from different fats to stimulate or control the reactions that become visible as the redness or swelling
The western diet is too high in the Omega-6 fats that stimulate the inflammation reaction. The Omega-3 fats produce eicosopentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are used to counteract the effects of the Omega-6.
The problem is excess production of pro-inflammatory compounds due to an imbalance in the dietary intake of the different types of fats.
Supplementation of the diet with oils rich in Omega-3 fatty acids is recognised as one way to correct the dietary imbalance. Fish oils are a good source, but generally high levels need to be eaten to see an effect.
Lyprinol contains a unique combination of different non-polar lipid groups and Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Independent research suggests that these Omega-3 fatty acids are more effective than other marine lipids.
Addressing the nutritional imbalance that leads to overproduction of pro-inflammatory compounds helps the body maintain its healthy state.