Author(s): Joseph C Maroon & Jeffrey Bost
Recent medical research confirms that the root cause of many of the diseases now plaguing modern society is chronic inflammation. Normally, inflammation is a protective mechanism, part of the immune system's response to an attack, whether from infection, trauma or an autoimmune disorder. If unchecked, however, inflammation produces chronic pain, breakdown of cartilage and muscle and increased blood clotting and it may cause genetic changes leading to various cancers. Therefore, control of excessive inflammation is the key to our health and well-being. But how can we prevent or mitigate the effects of chronic inflammation while avoiding the dangerous side effects of pharmaceutical drugs? The answer lies in the power of fish oil. In Fish Oil, the authors explain the basic inflammation process and, also, the factors that can cause inflammation to become a chronic condition. They describe the potent anti-inflammatory power of fish oil supplements, with a comprehensive review of numerous studies on the physiological effects of fish oil's omega-3 fatty acids. As the authors show, the results of an overwhelming majority of these studies provide compelling evidence supporting the use of these omega-3 fatty acids in the treatment and prevention of a wide range of health conditions related to chronic inflammation. Finally, the authors lay out basic guidelines to help readers select a good-quality supplement and determine an appropriate amount to take. In essence, this book is a fact-based guide to the appropriate use of fish oil as nature's safest, most effective anti-inflammatory, intended to be a call to action in support of the health and well-being of the global population. First published 2006.