Exercise can help to reduce chronic inflammation ─Study

*Researchers posit staying active can yield consumers countless health benefits

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Contemporary studies have highlighted the benefits associated with eating anti-inflammatory foods.

Researchers from Duke University in a fresh study found that exercise also helps reduce chronic inflammation in consumers.

Nenad Bursac, one of the researchers, said: “Lots of processes are taking place throughout the human body during exercise, and it is difficult to tease apart which systems and cells are doing inside an active person.

“We discovered that the muscle cells were capable of taking anti-inflammatory actions all on their own.”

Regarding the power of exercise, the researchers utilised a platform they created that includes fully-functional replicas of human muscles.

They exposed the muscles to interferon gamma molecules in several different experiments to simulate the effects of inflammation.

The team wanted to see how these molecules affected muscles and whether exercise could be used to combat any negative effects.

The first part of the study involved introducing interferon gamma to the human muscle models for a week straight.

After that week, the muscles received both the interferon gamma molecule and a simulated exercise routine to try to combat the inflammatory properties.

Prior to the exercise regimen, the researchers observed that the interferon gamma led to a significant loss of muscle mass and general strength.

However, introducing simulated exercise eliminated nearly all of the negative effects of this exposure.

Bursac stated: “Not only did we confirm that interferon gamma primarily works through a specific signaling pathway, we showed that exercising muscle cells can directly counter this pro-inflammatory signaling independent of the presence of other cell types or tissues.”

Moving forward, the researchers hope that the technology they used in this study can serve future projects that also benefit consumers’ health care needs.

According to expert, “when exercising, the muscle cells themselves were directly opposing the pro-inflammatory signal induced by interferon gamma, which we did not expect to happen.

“These results show just how valuable lab-grown human muscles might be in discovering new mechanisms of disease and potential treatments.”

Bursac further noted: “There are notions out there that optimal levels and exercise regimes of exercise could fight chronic inflammation while not overstressing the cells.

“Maybe with our engineered muscle, we can help find out if such notions are true.”

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