C-reactive protein (CRP) is found within the blood. Levels rise when there is a response to inflammation found when phosphocholine is expressed on dying or dead cells, as well as some bacteria. The need to monitor levels of CRP in the blood is highly important, especially after surgery and recovery from long term disease.
There are many problems which occur with CRP levels, in men and women, that rise above:
Men – More than 2 mg/L (milligrams per litre)
Women – More than 3.5 mg/L
The normal rates are:
Men – Less than 1 mg/L
Women – Less than 1.5 mg/L
Having elevated CRP levels can increase the risks of deteriorated health, as seen below.
The problems caused by generalised or systemic inflammation:
Colon and many other cancers
Cancer of the lymph nodes (lymphoma)
Swollen blood vessels in the neck and head (giant cell arteritis)
Diseases of the immune system, such as lupus
Infection of a bone (osteomyelitis)
Swollen tissues which line the joints (rheumatoid arthritis)
Measuring and Monitoring of Levels of C-Reactive Protein
In the US, it is common for blood tests to be taken to check the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP). In the UK however, it is rarely even spoken about. The affects of having too higher amounts can be fatal and therefore regular screening is needed.
This monitoring will no doubt lead to increased exposure for the problem and regular screening. As there is still many undiscovered facts regarding CRP, having statistical evidence and results will no doubt help scientific research.
What Can Be Done?
Tests in 2002, using fruit juice from a purée of a whole Mangosteen fruit showed over 40 phytonutrients which work in synergy to fight any inflammation in cells. As we are well aware of eating five servings of fruit and vegetables per day can help promote a healthy body, the digestion tracts and liver are cleansed. Diet and regular exercise are key factors in reducing oxidation at a cellular level and thus maintains an acceptable CRP level.
Reading Material For CRP
There are many books, including my website content, relating to the reasons why high CRP levels cause life threatening problems.
Scott J. Deron’s “C-Reactive Protein : Everything You Need to Know About It and Why It’s More Important Than Cholesterol to Your Health
“,explains which nutrients, medications and supplements to undertake to reduce the risk of enhanced CRP levels.
Regular Blood Tests Are Vital
High levels of CRP are caused by infections and long term diseases, sometimes after surgeries. Regular check ups and blood tests, which after a little persuasion to your UK doctor, can take place. Private practices cost around £100 for the blood tests, which shows the unwillingness of NHS practices.
If it is just money which it boils down to for the reasons not to check CRP levels, then taking the private doctor route might be the only option.