Most patients I see, as an orthopedic surgeon, seek care because of pain. The source of most of my patient’s pain ultimately comes from inflammation.
The sources of inflammation reside in your cell membranes – which form an outer protective covering around your cell. Each cell in your body has one of these protective membranes. To help build a stronger membrane, your body pulls essential nutrients out of food you consume.
The more toxic your diet, the fewer essential nutrients your body has available to help protect your cells. The higher the amount of fructose corn syrup you consume, the more obese you can become. The more arachidonic acid (precursor to inflammation) you harbor, the more diseases you are susceptible to. Pesticides and toxins can accumulate in your fat causing an increased risk of:
- Developing asthma
- Autoimmune diseases
- Cardiac diseases
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Attention deficit disorder
Most chronic diseases of aging, including those listed above, are due to an inflammatory process. As you can see, your quality of life is largely affected by the quantity and quality of food you consume. As most of my patients know, the best anti-inflammatory nutrient you can consume is Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids are found in:
- Dark green vegetables
- Spring greens
- Brussel sprouts
- Fresh cold water fish such as salmon, trout, herring, mackerel, sardines, eel, clipper
- Fish oil supplements
There is more evidence based research documenting the effectiveness of Omega-3 fatty acids for global health benefits, than there is for most pharmaceutical drugs on the market. On top of that, the side effects of Omega-3’s are virtually non-existent. Be sure to check the label and make sure your fish oil brand has been tested and proven free of mercury and other heavy metals.
Fish oil decreases platelet “stickiness” by making it less likely for a patient to clot without increasing risk of bleeding. Because of this, I recommend all my patients continue taking fish oil supplements up to and after their orthopedic surgeries. There is no documented evidence of an increased bleeding risk and virtually no risk for those patients consuming fish oil below 300mg of EPA and DHA (the active ingredient in fish oil).
Omega 3 essential fatty acids also improve dry eye conditions, cholesterol, triglyceride health, mental performance, athletic recovery, and much more.
How do you know if your body is in a state of chronic inflammation? Chronic inflammation is present if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- Tobacco dependency
- Chronic pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Low back pain
- Gum disease
- Heart disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Joint pain
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
- Peripheral Vascular disease