Inflammation associated with lower IQ and premature death

Swedish researchers report findings from a large study that measured inflammation markers in young adults and followed them for 35 years. Those with signs of low-level inflammation scored lower on intelligence tests and also had an increased risk of premature death, even when they had no other indications of disease. The study also found that low-grade inflammation was more likely in those from low-income backgrounds, suggesting that diet may be a contributing factor.
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IF Rating system accurately predicts inflammatory response to meals

In a small pilot study, researchers from University of Sao Paolo, Brazil, tested the effects of three meals on blood markers of inflammation. The three meals were similar in calories, fats, carbohydrates, and protein. However, one had a positive IF Rating, one had a negative IF Rating, and one was neutral. The IF Rating of the meal accurately predicted inflammatory response, as measured by changes in IL-6, IL-10, and TNF-a. A larger study is in the planning stages.