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Anti inflammatory agents (holy basil) and hormesis

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 04, 2013 at 9:56 PM

My SO and I are currently drinking lots of holy basil tea. We deal with constant stress and it has really been a boon. On one hand I know that chronic stress is bad and inflammation can lead to all sorts of things... but on the other hand what about this hormesis concept?

(not plugging site but this article does a pretty good job of explaining it for those who havent heard of it)

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/hormesis-how-certain-kinds-of-stress-can-actually-be-good-for-you/#axzz2MbteFPaj

Am I denying my cells their anti cancer activation of defenses?

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on March 05, 2013
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Good explanation, although I would add that the acute stress can immediately damage the body to spur a repair mechanism that leaves the "injury" stronger than before. This can be seen in radiation hormesis for instance.

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on March 05, 2013
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Regarding stressors, hormesis occurs from what is pretty much the opposite of chronic stress. Hormesis occurs under the force of an acute stress that doesn't immediately damage the body; the act of stressing the body in a particular way way or may not bring about positive hormeses. These stresses should be of a non-constant time / limited duration.

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on March 05, 2013
at 03:03 AM

Good explanation, although I would add that the acute stress can immediately damage the body to spur a repair mechanism that leaves the "injury" stronger than before. This can be seen in radiation hormesis for instance.

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