Current research has focused on the impact of pro-inflammatory cytokines on inflammation levels & chronic health conditions. During an infection, the body naturally produces pro-inflammatory cytokines as part of its defense mechanism. The healthy body balances pro-inflammatory cytokines with anti-inflammatory cytokines. However, if these pro-inflammatory cytokines (i.e. IL-1, IL-6, IL-8, IL-17, IL-23), Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha (TNF-a), Nuclear Factor kappa Beta (NF-kß) continue in the “on position” and inflammation levels remain high, adverse health may be the result. Acute inflammation occurs almost immediately after trauma — from a cut or break, to a heart attack. Chronic inflammation is an ongoing process, breaking down or destroying tissue as it is repaired over and over.