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Inflammation: What, How and Why

What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is part of the body's defense mechanism to protect us from injury or attack from bacteria, virus and other harmful microorganisms.

How Inflammation Happens?

When there is an infection from pathogens, the body's white blood cells try to protect us by attacking the microorganisms. This triggers inflammation in the body. In people with a healthy immune system, inflammation is a short-term, one-off process. As soon as the body won the war against the harmful microorganisms, the inflammation subsides and the body begins to heal.

During the healing process, the body stops releasing inflammatory agents and starts releasing various growth factors. This enables the body to repair damaged cells and tissues. Inflammation is supposed to be an acute process, hence it is often referred as acute inflammation.

However, some conditions like weak immune system and faulty mechanisms in the body can make inflammation last longer than usual and cause more damages to the body. Chronic inflammation prevents the healing process to take place. It has been associated with many types of cancer, alzheimer's, diabetes, arthritis, psoriasis, eczema, lyme and heart disease.

Chronic inflammation is known to cause DNA damage which increases the risk for cancer. Studies showed that in people with diabetes, high blood glucose levels trigger more inflammation in the body. In the case of chronic skin inflammation like psoriasis; due to faulty mechanism, the skin generates new cells at much faster rate than usual.


Why Inflammation is Crucial for Your Life?

The ability of the body to trigger inflammation is very crucial for your life. Without it, you will not be able to live long enough to survive any injury or infection. Inflammation is a crucial pre-healing process in the body. It is part of the body's immune mechanism to limit damages and repair any defect. For your health and wellbeing, it is significantly important to shorten and prevent inflammation to become chronic.

Inflammatory Skin Ageing

Skin inflammation is the major ageing factor which triggers the appearance of wrinkles, lines, pigmentation spots and sagging skin. For people who live in the city with polluted air, their skin is constantly exposed to both visible and invisible harmful pollutants. Polluted air contains toxic liquid, gases and solid micro particles that can irritate the skin. Skin irritation is a sign of inflammation which weakens the skin's defense mechanism against environmental damage. It accelerates skin ageing. 

To help prevent inflammatory skin ageing, apply 6 to 8 drops of Antioxidant Youthful Essence to freshly-cleansed skin before using a serum or moisturiser every morning and evening. This extremely-light-texture anti-pollution skin booster has been formulated with turmeric, allantoin and blue chamomile to protect your skin from pollution and premature ageing.

Turmeric contains a-deep-orange phytochemical called Curcumin, known for its excellent anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Blue Chamomile has been used therapeutically to calm irritated skin and other inflammatory conditions for thousands years. While studies also showed that Allantoin has excellent skin-regenerating properties that help reduce various signs of ageing including wrinkles, lines and uneven skin tone.


" This is amazing! I noticed a difference round my eyes after the first application. My skin felt tighter and firmer after just a couple of days." Best Wrinkle Zapper, Natural Health.

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Henry Tianus is a multi-award-winning Anti-Ageing Scientist based in London, UK. Henry Tianus has been listed as The Recognised Institute Practitioner at The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London (UK) since 2005. Henry Tianus's articles have been read by people in more than 100 countries with US, UK amd Canada at the top of the list. Join Henry Tianus eNewsletter to receive the latest health and wellbeing tips. 

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Scientific Sources: Foods that fight inflammation, Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School; Antioxidant properties of gold nanoparticles studied by ESR spectroscopy, Russian Chemical Bulletin, 57(3):520-523, March 2008; Antioxidant properties of rose extract (Rosa villosa L.) measured using electrochemical and UV/Vis spectrophotometric methods, International Journal of Electrochemical Science, 12 (2017) 10994 – 11005, doi: 10.20964/2017.11.72.

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