Wednesday February 13, 2019
What is inflammation?
Inflammation (Latin inflammationem) is part of the complex biological response of the body responding to harmful stimuli. In other words, inflammation is the body's attempt to self-protect by removing damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens while simultaneously initiating repairs to the affect area.
Did you know? Inflammation is not a synonym for infection. Infection is caused by a bacteria, virus, or fungus. Inflammation is the body's response to the above intruders in an attempt to protect/heal itself.
Signs of inflammation:
Typical signs of inflammation are:
Inflammation can be classified as either acute or chronic.
The body’s Initial response to harmful stimuli. This is achieved by increased movement of plasma into the injured tissue area.
Examples of situations which can result in acute inflammation:
- Sore throat from a cold or flu
- Infected ingrown toenail
- Scratch/cut on the skin
- Blow to the body
Also known as prolonged inflammation, can occur when the body fails to eliminate whatever was causing acute inflammation. Chronic inflammations can also be an autoimmune response to a self antigen (immune system attacks the body/healthy tissue).
Did you know? Chronic inflammation can be the cause of diseases/conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (affecting the lining of the joints), gout (excessive uric acid forming in the joints), atherosclerosis (plaque in the arteries), psoriasis (excessive skin cell production), and even cancer (abnormal cell growth).
Examples of chronic inflammation:
- Rheumatoid arthritis (Click here to learn more)
- Crohn's disease (click here to learn more)
What can you do?
Did you know? Noni is world renowned for its natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Including Noni Fruit into your diet can help alleviate chronic inflammation and the diseases/conditions chronic inflammation can cause.
The anti-inflammatory potential of noni fruit compounds have been demonstrated in an experimental model of the Helicobacter pylori infection.
Did you know? Helicobacter pylori is a bacteria that can live in your digestive tract causing ulcers and inflammation.
Noni fruit extracts were able to reduce both neutrophil chemotaxis (first responders to inflammation within an organism) and production of inducible (response to stimuli) nitric oxide. Mice orally treated with noni fruit juice at 500 mg kg−1 day−1 for 60 days showed reduced inflammation and cytokine expression (body’s response to inflammation).
With this new found information regarding noni fruit, therapies targeting the prevention and/or treatment of inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s have commenced. Click here to learn more about Crohn’s disease
The purpose of this study was to identify the specific noni fruit properties that may be responsible for anti-inflammatory activity, and to explain the possible roles for these compounds. Analysis was carried out for the effects of anti-inflammatory mediators such as myeloperoxidase (an enzyme often found in white blood cells). Scopoletin, quercetin, and ursolic acid were identified as major anti-inflammatory constituents in noni fruit.
The most potent inflammatory inhibition occurred in quercetin (62.3%) and scopoletin (50.4%). Scopoletin mainly inhibited production of myeloperoxidase and PGE2 (principal mediator of inflammation in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis).
Quercetin had a significant suppressing effect on IL-6 production (secreted by T-cells to stimulate immune production during infection after trauma especially burns to induce inflammation.). Both compounds showed moderate inhibition on IL-1β production (mediator in inflammatory response).
How do I obtain Noni Fruit for Inflammation?
At Hawaiian Organic Noni, our Noni Fruit is grown and hand picked on Kauai, Hawaii on our Organic Noni Farm. The Noni Fruit Leather is produced with tender loving care. It takes over 60 hours of low heat drying under 115˚F degrees to create one package of fruit leather. Compared to noni juice, our Noni Fruit Leather is 14 times more potent allowing your body to benefit from each and every one of the 165 compounds noni fruit has to offer making Noni Fruit Leather a raw superfood. Click here for more information regarding Noni Fruit Leather’s natural antioxidant power.
The IcyHeat Noni Lotion is a water based lotion (easily absorbed by the skin) produced with the same raw Noni Fruit Leather and added menthol and camphor for quicker absorption to provide almost instantaneous pain relief. This way, one can fully benefit from the natural anti-inflammatory properties of Noni Fruit both internally and externally.