Inflammation is the body's defense against infection. But it comes at a price. Inflammation can also be destructive as it kills infections and also the tissue of the surrounding area, so as not to feed the invader.
Dr. Sarah Myhill describes the process by which the immune system destroys infections with free radicals. Too many free radicals will also damage the body. Too few will leave the infection to continue its attack.
"Inflammation is also involved in the healing process. Where there is damage by trauma, there will be dead cells. Inflammation is necessary to clear away these dead cells and lay down new tissues."
Vitamin D has an anti-inflammatory effect. Hormones produced in the adrenals are anti-inflammatory.
Omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids are necessary for the healthy operation of the immune system. Herbal treatments which are anti-inflammatory are devil's claw, curcumin (turmeric), and flavonoids.
Vitamins D and B12 are anti-inflammatory. Vitamins A, C, and E, and minerals magnesium, copper, manganese, selenium, glutathione and zinc have anti-oxidant effects.