Can sugar be anti-inflammatory?

Answered on September 29, 2013
Created September 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I've been oil pulling, and it has rid me of some of the plaque build up in my teeth. However, quite likely because it's sucessful in removing all that gunk from my teeth, it also caused a lot of inflammation: bleeding, swollen gums that were visibly inflammed and made brushing almost impossible, it was so painful. Also it caused a depression flare up (because of the release of toxins into my blood stream?)

After 3 days of physical and emotional misery that didn't let up I instinctively felt the need to have some sugar. I had some egg yolks with sugar and, sure enough, the next day I was much, much better. The inflammation was practically gone, so was the depression, I could brush my teeth with minimum discomfort and there was only a little bit of blood when I flossed.

Could sugar actually have an anti-inflammatory effect in some cases? And what cases are those? What is going on here?

Just in case it's important, I have auto-immunity (psoriasis, rheumatism, IBS) and have been on an anti-allergic, restrictive paleo diet, with no sugar, vegetable oils, nightshades, legumes, grains, etc, eating plenty of organ meats, vegetables, and bone broths.

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on September 29, 2013
at 01:04 PM

Stress is inflammatory, right?

There are some that would say sugar can help tons with reducing stress.


on September 28, 2013
at 05:20 PM

No, really don't think sugar can be anti-inflammatory, must have been something else. I think it's well established that sugar is pro-inflammatory.



on September 28, 2013
at 05:11 PM

Very hard to offer an opinion on an individual case. According to this link:


and many others, sugar is inflammatory.

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