From eNewsletter 8/29/2022
DID YOU KNOW that a new study from The Journal of Nutrition highlights the incredible impact specialized pro-resolving mediators (SPMs) have on resolving inflammation? As we have explained numerous times in this newsletter, SPMs, synthesized from omega-3 fatty acids (usually fish oil), resolve inflammation and return damaged tissue to homeostasis. Thus, in a first-of-its-kind study, researchers wanted to see if increasing SPMs through supplementation for subjects with obesity, who display dysregulated SPM metabolism, could reduce inflammatory markers. The marine-based SPM supplement increased certain SPMs, and thus, attenuated inflammation in most of the study subjects. The supplement used in the study was Metagenics SPM Active, which some of you may be familiar with!! Another wonderful and unintended discovery was a decrease in IgG concentrations, which reaffirms why we recommended early on that you supplement with SPMs during the inflammatory and resolving phases of COVID-19 infection, as well as if you got Long COVID. COVID-19 is an inflammatory infection, one in which IgG levels skyrocket and sometimes do not abate. SPMs have shown us again and again that they bring down unresolved IgG levels, and consequently, inflammation. It's always exciting to see one of your supplement stalwarts, especially an anti-inflammatory, appear in a major nutrition journal!
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Steve: A sweeping review from Food and Function evaluated the associations between the consumption of cruciferous vegetables (CV) and health outcomes. CV are vegetables in the brassica family such as cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, arugula and similar green leaf vegetables. CV are known for their extremely high phytonutrient content, and in the case of broccoli, have a large body of research as a cancer preventive. The authors found decreased risk of 24 adverse health outcomes including cancers, cardiovascular disease, mortality, and metabolic diseases. Specifically, they found evidence for beneficial associations between gastric cancer, lung cancer, endometrial cancer, and all-cause mortality. For specific individuals with certain genetic predispositions, CV can be even more impactful for its assistance in helping detoxify environmental chemicals and support free radical quenching.