NSAIDs After Exercise May Cause Celiac-Like Leaky Gut

NSAIDs and leaky gut syndromeOver the past few years I have read innumerable blog posts and articles identifying inflammation as a root cause for a variety of chronic diseases.  Consider this passage written by author and Yahoo Health blogger Lisa Collier Cool:

In a medical version of the “unified field” theory in physics, many scientists now believe that most—or perhaps all—chronic diseases may have the same trigger: inflammation. This fiery process has been linked to everything from heart attacks and strokes to type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer.

Chronic, low-grade systemic inflammation—fueled by such disorders as excessive belly fat, poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, and gum disease—may explain why lifestyle-linked diseases have reached epidemic levels in Western countries, while remaining rare in the developing world.

“There are clear indications that inflammation explains why plaque builds up in the arteries in patients with atherosclerosis,” says Philip Schauer, MD, director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. “Chronic inflammation also plays a direct role in diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, asthma and many other conditions.”

Now comes word that use of NSAIDS (non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen during and after exercise may cause inflammation of the small intestine.  According to a Daily Beast article entitled Is Ibuprofen Making Us Sick?, the intestinal inflammation caused by NSAIDS mirrors the inflammation seen in patients with celiac disease. [Read more…]

Why Fish Oil is Good for You

At my last annual physical, my doctor recommended that I add fish oil to my daily intake of supplements to help keep my cholesterol down.   Specifically, he recommended a fish oil supplement that contains high levels of both DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid).  In my case, I am taking fish oil from Vital Oils – two gel tabs each containing 750mg of DHA and 250 mg of EPA.  Obviously you should discuss your needs with your own physician.

It turns out that many fish oil supplements on the market contain much lower levels of one or both of these components.  Further, my doctor noted that consuming fish several times a week as I do does not offer the same benefit.

This past week the Los Angeles Times published an article that explains why omega-3 fish oil supplementation works well to keep you healthy.  In a joint American and Japanese study, researchers found that omega-3 fish oil helps reduce inflammation caused by certain white blood cells.  An excess of this inflammation can make the immune system resistant to insulin thereby triggering diabetes.

So, it appears that in addition to moderating cholesterol in the blood, omega-3 fish oil can also protect you against diabetes and other conditions that result from chronic inflammation in the body.