Are You So Angry Because You’re Inflamed?

A new study has shown that in some people, violent behavior and anger may be related to high levels of inflammation in their bodies.

Scientists measured levels of inflammatory chemicals in the blood of 70 people who had been diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder (IED). This is a condition that involves repeated episodes of impulsive aggression and temper tantrums. It is seen in people who carry out domestic violence, road rage, or people who throw objects or break them while in a fit of rage.

The researchers compared those people to a group of individuals diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder not involving aggression, and to a group of mentally healthy individuals.

The results of this study were published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry and clearly showed a relationship between levels of two markers of inflammation and impulsivity and aggression in people with IED, but not in healthy individuals or non-aggressive individuals.

It is interesting to see this relationship between anger and inflammation. If you have ever experienced gout, you know all about an inflamed toe. The toe becomes red, hot, swollen and incredibly painful. We often describe wounds and injuries as looking angry. It is no surprise then that excessive inflammation in the body can have an effect on a person’s state of mind.

Some chronic health problems are marked by high levels of inflammation; they include arthritis, fibromyalgia, allergies, autoimmune diseases and any painful conditions.

Calming down the inflammation will help the particular health condition, but it can also help a person’s state of mind.

Serrapeptase is a natural enzyme that helps to reduce inflammation in the body. It also helps to reduce pain and swelling.

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