NSAIDS: Natural alternatives
PAIN MEDICATION HAS ITS USES BUT THE DANGERS OF NSAIDS SHOULD BE UNDERSTOOD AND NATURAL ALTERNATIVES EXPLORED.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) may increase the risk of heart failure, damage the gastrointestinal tract, oesophagus and small intestine, renal (kidney) health and cause serious allergic reactions. Explore natural alternatives to see if they work for you.
The curcumin in turmeric has potent anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation is a process in which the body’s white blood cells and immune proteins help protect us from infection and foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses. Sometimes the body’s defense system (immune system) triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign substances to fight off. In these instances, the body’s normally protective immune system causes damage to its own tissues. Turmeric’s active ingredient curcumin is responsible for lowering the levels of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation.* Read more about how to choose an effective curcumin supplement.
Commonly known as Indian frankincense, boswellia serrata contains an active component (AKBA) that reduces inflammation and associated pain. AKBA helps to preserve the structural integrity of joint cartilage, inhibit cartilage loss and is a potent anti-inflammatory. AKBA is also a natural painkiller, promotes gastrointestinal health and can help maintain a healthy immune system.* Read more about how to choose an effective AKBA supplement.
Piperine is the major bio‐active component of black pepper fruit. Piperine has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce pain, regulate metabolism, stimulate circulation and improve dopamine and serotonin levels*. Read more about how to choose an effective piperine supplement.