20 Minutes of Moderate Activity May Help Ease Inflammatory Conditions

20 Minutes of Moderate Activity May Help Ease Inflammatory Conditions
Moderate physical exercise may have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body — which could be helpful for patients with conditions such as fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study. The study, “Inflammation And Exercise: Inhibition Of Monocytic Intracellular TNF Production By Acute Exercise Via Β2-Adrenergic Activation” — published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity — showed that 20 minutes of moderate exercise stimulates the immune system and promotes better regulation of inflammation. "Each time we exercise, we are truly doing something good for our body on many levels, including at the immune cell level," Suzi Hong, PhD, senior author of the study, said in a news release. "The anti-inflammatory benefits of exercise have been known to researchers, but finding out how that process happens is the key to safely maximizing those benefits." During exercise, the brain activates pathways that speed up the heart and increase blood pressure. Exercise also promotes the production of hormones such as adrenaline. That activates immune cells and reduces  expression of a protein called TNF, which is involved in several inflammatory responses. Researchers analyzed TNF levels in blood samples from 47 healthy volunteers. The blood, drawn before and after 20 minutes of moderate treadmill exercise, showed that was enough to decrease TNF levels by 5%. The exercise intensity level was adjusted based on the participants' fitness levels. "Our study found one session of about 20 minutes of m
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4 comments

  1. Gray says:

    I totally agree with this article. I have had fibro for7 or 8 years now and only recently discovered that gentle exercise does in fact help a little with the pain. I am looking to join a local gym soon, as walking the dog is ok but not what I am craving for. I want to improve my muscles as well as for just gentle exercise

  2. StevefromMA says:

    I exercised daily for years until my fibro got to bad to do almost anything, just started again in tiny way, still painful post exercise. Also, my c reactive protein has always been near zero, not sure what other TNF markers would show since no one will do them.

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