Thousands of scientific research papers have been published on turmeric and its natural abilities to support healthy inflammatory processes.
Inflammation and chronic inflammation
Inflammation is our body’s response to harmful circumstances that happen to us such as infections, injuries, and toxins. When something damages our cells, our body gets into a state of alert and releases chemicals that trigger a response from our immune system. This response includes the release of antibodies and proteins, as well as increased blood flow to the damaged area.
The whole process usually lasts for a few hours or days in the case of acute inflammation.
However, there is another state of inflammation which is when the inflammation lingers, leaving the body in a constant state of alert. This is chronic inflammation. When you have chronic inflammation, your body’s inflammatory response can eventually start damaging healthy cells, tissues, and organs. Over time, this can lead to DNA damage, tissue death, and internal scarring.
Acute inflammation often causes noticeable symptoms, such as pain, redness, or swelling.
However, chronic inflammation symptoms are usually subtler. Common symptoms may be fatigue, fever, mouth sores, rashes, abdominal pain or chest pain. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and last for several months or years.