Anyone who has ever stubbed a toe knows what inflammation feels like. The redness and swelling that follow an injury are part of a normal healthy response of the immune system, which is aimed at healing and protecting damaged tissues. As healing occurs, inflammation disappears. In some people, however, the immune system goes into overdrive, leading to production of compounds that promote low-level chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is thought to contribute to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer….