Eat well to avoid inflammation

It’s the first line of defence against infection and repairs bodily harm, but there’s another side to inflammation that threatens rather than protects our overall health

Negative as the word sounds, inflammation is actually our body’s natural reaction to burns, infections and injuries. It’s a normal immune system defence and kicks in when our bodies are under attack.

However, scientific research shows that in some people this defence mechanism doesn’t switch off, which means the body’s defences turn in on themselves, attacking our good health. Scientists believe this puts us more at risk of developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s, cancer and heart disease. This happens when the acute inflammation that our body uses to fight infections turns into life-changing chronic inflammation.