Inflammation


Inflammation, with known symptoms of redness, feeling of heat, swelling, and pain is a natural body response to injury such as sunburn, a cut, infection or a twisted ankle. It is necessary for the healing process and subsides after a short time. However, long lasting chronic inflammation has detrimental effects in the body and has been associated with a wide variety of diseases like heart disease, arthritis, asthma, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and cancer.

The inflammatory response has the potential to damage the body because it largely involves tissue breakdown, targeting damaged tissue, and invading pathogens, before rebuilding it. In situations of repeated injury and continuous exposure to harmful stimuli, the inflammatory process becomes chronic and its regulation is difficult.

Inflammation is often accompanied by a weakened immune system. The body´s defensive reaction may persist for months or even years. In both cases the connective tissue will be affected due to the inflammation and defensive process.

In this defensive struggle, micronutrients assist important procedures in our body: they support healthy cell functions, strengthen the immune system, protect and strengthen the connective tissue and inhibit an excessive production of collagen-digesting enzymes.


This section of the Library collects scientific studies which have shown that proper nutrition helps in controlling inflammation and that some micronutrients deficiencies can aggravate the inflammatory response.

Scientific Studies


April 14, 2016

Quercetin reduces inflammation from Helicobacter pylori infection

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Multi-nutrient supplement reduces inflammation

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Zinc supplementation reduces inflammation

April 14, 2016

Zinc decreases inflammatory response

April 14, 2016

Zinc decreases inflammation

April 14, 2016

Zinc and micronutrient combinations improve gastrointestinal inflammation

April 14, 2016

Vitamin K suppresses inflammation

April 14, 2016

Vitamin C reduces the risk of gout

April 14, 2016

Low vitamin C levels are associated with inflammation

April 14, 2016

Anti-inflammatory plant extract Curcumin helps treating osteoarthritis

April 14, 2016

Vitamin E is effective against inflammation

April 14, 2016

Reduced vitamin C levels are associated with inflammation

April 14, 2016

Vitamin D prevents inflammatory diseases

April 13, 2016

Quercetin reduces inflammation

April 13, 2016

Green tea catechins protect against sunburn inflammation

April 13, 2016

Omega-3 fatty acids in inflammation and autoimmune diseases

April 13, 2016

Omega-3 fatty acids from fish or fish oil supplements reduce inflammatory processes

April 13, 2016

Green tea extract EGCG acts as a potent anti-inflammatory compound

April 13, 2016

Vitamin C and E reduce postoperative inflammation

April 13, 2016

Inflammation reduces vitamin B6 levels

April 13, 2016

Vitamin E reduces inflammation

April 13, 2016

Vitamin D reduces inflammation

April 13, 2016

Green tea prevents inflammation

April 13, 2016

The therapeutic potential of folic acid to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

April 13, 2016

A combination of vitamin C and E reduces inflammation

April 13, 2016

Micronutrients are effective against inflammation

April 13, 2016

Epigallocatechin gallate inhibits inflammation

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Catechins support the suppression of inflammation-related colon cancer development

April 13, 2016

Zinc reduces inflammation in patients on kidney dialysis

April 13, 2016

The beneficial effects of green tea in chronic inflammation-induced bone loss

April 13, 2016

Micronutrients protect against gingivitis

April 13, 2016

Zinc reduces inflammation in obese patients

April 13, 2016

Antioxidants suppress inflammation

April 13, 2016

Vitamin C fights inflammation

April 13, 2016

Resveratrol attenuates inflammation

April 13, 2016

Anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 fatty acids

April 13, 2016

The role of curcumin in treating tendon inflammation

April 13, 2016

Vitamin E and coenzyme Q10 reduce inflammation

April 13, 2016

Curcumin as a complementary treatment for osteoarthritis

April 13, 2016

The heart-protective effects of omega-3 fatty acids

April 13, 2016

Anti-inflammatory effects of vitamin C

April 13, 2016

High omega-3 fatty acid levels are associated with low inflammation markers

April 13, 2016

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin

April 13, 2016

The anti-inflammatory effect of vitamin D on gingivitis

April 13, 2016

Resveratrol reduces obesity-induced inflammation

April 13, 2016

Resveratrol fights inflammation

April 8, 2016

Vitamin E decreases inflammation

April 8, 2016

Effects of vitamin E on inflammation

April 8, 2016

Antioxidant effect of curcumin in pancreatitis

April 8, 2016

Nutrient mixture protects against inflammation