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Natural Weight Loss
Supplements to Help Reduce Silent Inflammation
Being on the Zone Diet and taking high-dose fish oil are the 2 biggest steps you can take to get rid of silent inflammation Zone.
If you’ve started implementing this program already, congratulations!
You’re well on your way to getting back to a state of wellness.
There are, though, several other supporting steps you need to take to fully ensure you’re controlling silent inflammation for good.
Certain foods, spices, and dietary supplements – we refer to all of these as “supplements” for the purposes of the next several posts – can help support the anti-inflammatory benefits of this program.
You just need to know what to take.
While we strongly believe certain supplements can help you, they’re not your main path to reduce silent inflammation.
Consider supplements (other than high-dose fish oil) as spokes in a wheel: the more spokes, the stronger the wheel.
However, the rim of the wheel is the Zone Diet plus high-dose fish oil.
If the rim isn’t there, then no matter how many spokes you have, you’re not going to have a very good wheel.
All the anti-inflammatory supplements (foods, spices, dietary supplements) we discuss have a direct anti-inflammatory effect by either:
*inhibiting the formation of arachidonic acid (AA), or
*inhibiting the enzymes changing AA into pro-inflammatory hormones.
Inhibition of Arachidonic Acid
By inhibiting the formation of AA, you’re directly choking off the production of the pro-inflammatory hormones.
This is the best dietary strategy possible to reduce silent inflammation.
On a scale of 1-10 for supplements, we give high-dose fish oil a 12.
It’s the #1 anti-inflammatory supplement you can take – as long as you take an ultra-refined product with the vast majority of toxins removed, as we talked about earlier.
If you only take one supplement in your life, make sure it’s high-dose fish oil.
The EPA found in fish oil partially inhibits the activity of the enzyme that makes AA.
This is the main anti-inflammatory effect of fish oil.
But to achieve any significant impact on AA production, you have to have lots of EPA.
That’s why you need high-dose fish oil, which is especially rich in EPA.
Our recommendations for fish oil: These are outlined in the previous several posts.
Plan to take a lot of fish oil to reduce silent inflammation, but make sure it’s ultra-refined, and use your SIP to guide you in the exact dosage.
Although sesame oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, it also contains small amounts (less than 1%) of phytochemicals called lignans.
These lignans include sesamin, which is a direct inhibitor of the enzyme that makes AA.
In this regard, sesame oil acts via the same mechanism as EPA.
By inhibiting the enzyme used to produce AA you reduce silent inflammation.
However, unlike fish oil, sesame oil also provides a significant amount of pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids at the same time.
So it’s kind of 1-1/2 steps forward (providing sesamin to inhibit AA production) and 1 step back (providing omega-6 fatty acids to make AA).
Nonetheless, the benefits of sesame oil outweigh its drawbacks if it’s taken in moderate amounts.
Our recommendations for sesame oil: Consume 1-2 teaspoonfuls a day.
You can substitute sesame oil for olive oil in one of your meals.
We’ll talk about more supplements in the next post.
Come join us on our natural weight loss journey! We’d love to have you along!
Have an awesome day!
(Based on Dr. Barry Sears’ “The Anti-Inflammation Zone”)
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