Every disease process involves inflammation as a cause, consequence, or complication. Over the past 15 years, many doctors have begun to routinely measure blood levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP), which is both a marker and promoter of inflammation.
Weight loss, dietary improvements, and smoking cessation are known to reduce CRP levels. So can some nutritional supplements. In the most recent study along these lines, researchers found that regular use of glucosamine, chondroitin, or omega-3 fish oils are associated with lower levels of inflammation.
Elizabeth Kantor, PhD, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, and her colleagues analyzed data from 9,947 adults who had participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. She...
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