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<P class=text><SPAN class=text>The full C-reactive protein story</SPAN>
<P class=text><SPAN class=text>By Dr. Phil Maffetone</SPAN>
<P class=text>A study published in the Nov. 14, 2002, issue of the <I>New England Journal of Medicine</I> made news headlines in recent weeks. Researchers measured C-reactive protein and LDL cholesterol in more than 27,000 healthy American women and then tracked them for eight years, finding that elevated C-reactive protein was a better predictor of cardiovascular problems than LDL.
<P class=text>While this caught the attention of many in the medical community and the media, it shouldn't be too big a surprise since other studies recently have indicated C-reactive protein may be a better indicator of heart disease than cholesterol assessments.
<P class=text>What's more disappointing is that the medical establishment and the media don't do more to explain what C-reactive protein is, what high levels indicate, and what can be done to remedy the condition. I can only assume they are waiting for a new drug that lowers C-reactive protein.
<P class=text>For those who don't wish to wait for that drug, here's a short-course. C-reactive protein levels are elevated in the presence of chronic inflammation, a condition many people unknowingly have. Chronic inflammation can be the result of many factors, ranging from physical activity to diet to stress.
<P class=text>In a large number of people, chronic inflammation may be an indicator of an imbalance of chemicals in the body called eicosanoids. Eicosanoid balance is disrupted by dietary factors including high levels of omega-6 vegetable oils, hydrogenated oils and saturated fats, and low levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
<P class=text>In addition to making certain dietary adjustments, consuming omega-3 oils may help balance eicosanoid levels and lower inflammation in some people. Other foods may also help thwart chronic inflammation. These include, garlic, ginger, citrus-peel oil, sesame-seed oil and turmeric.
<SPAN class=text>For more information about the connection between C-reactive protein, chronic inflammation and disease, including not only cardiovascular disease but also cancer, Alzheimer's, osteoporosis and diabetes, check out my booklet ttp://mafgroup.securedata.net/catalog/books/abc_inflam.shtml"><I>The ABCs of Inflammation</I> and also my book, ttp://mafgroup.securedata.net/catalog/books/fitness_health.shtml"><I>In Fitness and In Health</I>.</SPAN>