Jan 22 2010
Most of us can find something wrong with us daily that we need to reach for an over-the-counter pain killer. As the years have gone on, there are more and more drugs coming out. Pharmaceutical reps are constantly studying new drugs to launch to present to doctors. What if we could use natural remedies instead of synthetic chemicals? I think it’d be great. It would save us a lot of money and our bodies would be healthier and more natural.
Fish oil can be great for a lot of things. Fish oil contains two essential omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These fatty acids block the production of inflammatory chemicals called cytokines and leukotrienes in the body. Cytokines and Leukotrienes are responsible for a range of painful conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, gout and sinusitis.
Researchers found that eating 3 g of fish fats a day relieved the joint pain, inflammation, and morning stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and reduced the drug requirement. In another study of rheumatoid arthritis patients, daily supplementation with 2.7 grams of EPA and 1.8 grams of DHA resulted in striking reduction in the number of tender joints and increase in the time span before fatigue appeared. Various other studies have put forth that the same dosage of fish oil can reduce the severity of Crohn’s disease by more than 50 per cent and make it possible for many patients to stop anti-inflammatory medication and steroids.
Olive oil can act like the anti-inflammatory pain reliever ibuprofin.
A naturally occurring chemical found in extra-virgin olive oils is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent, report scientists from the Monell Chemical Senses Center and collaborators at the University of Pennsylvania, The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and Firmenich, Inc.
It isn’t known to take away a killer headache… yet, but regular olive oil consumption is supposed to provide some of the long-lasting benefits of ibuprofen.
Tart Cherries contain Anthocyanins which help to reduce inflammation and inhibit tumor growth. They also contain Flavanols and Flavonols which are known to improve blood flow, heart and brain health, and lowers blood pressure. There are also Phenolic Acids and Phytochemicals which are very powerful antioxidants and can be associated with reducing the risk of major chronic diseases. Plant Hormones found in tart cherries can help regulate physiological functions.
We all hear all of these fruits that have antioxidants in them, but why tart cherries? Tart cherries have a wider variety of antioxidants and in greater amounts. It is extremely beneficial to seek out tart cherries at your local grocery store and make them a regular part of your diet. Look for them fresh, canned, in jam, or tart cherry juice. Knowing all of this, why would we not add this super fruit into our diet?
I would never of expected saliva to be on a list of natural painkillers. Who would have thought?
Saliva has been found to generate a natural painkiller of up to six times more strength than morphine. The substance produced by human saliva is similar to opiorphin and has been said to generate a new class of natural painkillers that are far better than the traditional drug morphine, which has many addictive and psychosomatic side effects. The researchers demonstrated that the opiorphin acts in nerve cells of the spine and stops the usual destruction of the natural pain-killing opiates, known as the enkephalins.
I think that is great. Morphine is highly addictive and has many side effects. There are also other cool things about saliva that I never knew. Parents can see stress levels of their children through testing their saliva because of a stress-linked enzyme, alpha amylase.
MSM is a naturally-occurring sulfur compound.
It is a powerful painkiller with anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and analgesic properties, and it inhibits the transmission of pain impulses. It is available both as a dietary supplement and as a cream for topical application.
MSM is effective at reducing pain and improving physical function in cases of osteoarthritis but, it hasn’t shown long-term benefits of managing osteoarthritis.
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