Vitamin deficiency fuels inflammation

In the June issue of my newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives, I wrote about the link between inflammation and pain.

I explained how the Standard American Diet–and all the packaged, processed foods it contains–is the primary culprit. These products are loaded with omega-6 fats, which promote inflammation.

Now, a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition, shows that vitamin B6 deficiency also fuels chronic inflammation.

A group of researchers from Boston’s Tufts University conducted the study. They tested blood levels of vitamin B6 in 2,229 men and women. They also looked at 13 different markers for inflammation, including C-reactive protein, fibrinogen, interleukin-6, and tumor necrosis factor-alpha.

And they found that low levels of vitamin B6 were significantly linked with high levels of inflammatory markers.

It’s more evidence that a diet full of packaged, processed foods is the quickest path to chronic disease.  Because the best sources of this essential nutrient are REAL foods. Vegetables, meats, nuts. They’re all rich in vitamin B6–and plenty of other inflammation-fighting nutrients as well.

“Plasma Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate Is Inversely Associated with Systemic Markers of Inflammation in a Population of U.S. Adults,” Journal of Nutrition 2012; 142(7): 1,280-1,285