(NaturalNews) Chronic pain is a modern day epidemic that affects more than 1.5 billion people worldwide. It costs nations billions of dollars in lost productivity and medical expenses every year. Debilitating pain affects more individuals than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. Doctors throw drug after drug at these pain syndromes with very little long-term success. Here are some of the best natural agents to reduce pain.
The most commonly used drugs to treat chronic pain conditions include opioids (morphine), nonsteroids (salicylates such as aspirin and ibuprofen), antidepressants, antiepileptics and anti-nerve growth factor inhibitors. All of these drugs have awful side effects and addictive tendencies. In fact, prescription and over the counter pain medications are the fastest growing drug addiction in North America.
Addressing the underlying mental/emotional, chemical and physical stressors that are causing the chronic inflammation and pain is the ultimate goal. This process takes time and deep introspection along with trusted holistic healthcare providers. Here are some great natural pain relievers that have no dangerous side effects. In fact, these nutrients have a significantly positive health effect on the entire body.
Best natural pain relievers
Proteolytic enzymes: Proteolytic enzymes are specific enzymes that metabolize protein. These enzymes are naturally produced by the human body and other living organisms and help carry out essential functions. Studies have shown that these reduce the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein as well as arterial plaques, blood clots and scar tissue . These enzymes are also effective at reducing swelling, pain and edema. Proteolytic enzymes are also able to eat away at abnormal and cancer cell growths and allow the immune system to destroy tumorous growths.
Turmeric, ginger and boswelia: Taking large doses of anti-inflammatory herbs has been shown to dramatically reduce pain, swelling and inflammation. These herbs provide powerful antioxidants and help modulate the immune system to ensure that it doesn’t hyper-inflame the damaged or vulnerable regions of the body.
Omega-3 fatty acids and astaxanthin: Omega-3 fatty acid supplements and astaxanthin reduce inflammation. Omega-3s help provide better cell membrane receptor activity while astaxanthin provides a very strong antioxidant effect that combine to powerfully reduce inflammation and pain.
Probiotics: Chronic pain is often a sign of leaky gut syndrome and infections in the gut. Parasites will release toxins that increase inflammation within the body and for many individuals with cause states of chronic pain. Probiotics help to neutralize these toxins and fight back against parasites and other antagonistic organisms in the gut.
MSM and sulfur-rich foods: MSM and sulfur-rich foods such as onions, garlic, chives, scallions, cruciferous vegetable family and raw, grass-fed dairy cheese and whey protein help reduce inflammation. MSM and sulfur containing amino acids have been shown to soften scar tissue, improve blood supply to the affected region, reduce muscle spasms and modulate inflammation.
Magnesium: Magnesium plays a critical role in relaxing muscles, maximizing blood flow and allowing nutrients to be delivered into cells. Magnesium deficiencies lead to muscle spasms, cramping, poor blood flow and lowered intracellular nutrient delivery. All of these create painful conditions in the body. Supplementing with magnesium and/or eating magnesium-rich foods like green, leafy veggies, sprouted seeds and raw cacao improves these conditions.
Methylating agents: Methylation is a key biochemical process that happens billions of times every second to repair the DNA in the body. B-vitamins are the key components to healthy methylation processes. Take a whole-food B complex supplement, improve your gut health to absorb these nutrients more effectively. It is also key to eat lots of dark, green leafy vegetables and organic animal products to get these nutrients.
Se below for smoothies with turmeric.
Hur mycket gurkmeja/curcumin/turmeric ska du då äta?
Medicinsk användning: Gurkmeja används främst vid akuta eller kroniska inflammationer i leder och muskler t ex vid ledgångsreumatism, artros och ryggskott.
Beredning och dosering: mald rot av gurkmeja ca 1-3 gram, 3 gram motsvarar 1 tsk, intas bäst tillsammans med en måltid 2-3 ggr om dagen och gärna blandad i maten.
För vardags intag (förebyggande) 1 krm-1 tsk per dag.
läs gärna mer på http://www.ehdin.com/?id=1408
Gurkmeja smakar lite som bark och jag har testat att ta det blandat med vatten eller yoghurt men det blev svårt. Ett förslag kan vara blandat i en smoothie.
Smoothie med blåbär & Gurkmeja!
Till 1 portion behöver du:
½ dl frysta blåbär
1/3 tsk gurkmeja
2 msk proteinpulver valfri smak, förslag vanilj (kan uteslutas)
1 tsk kallpressad linfröolja
2 dl vatten/mjölk
Mixa alla ingredienser och häll upp i glas med ett par isbitar i
Interaktion möjlig mellan gurkmeja och takrolimus
Staffan Rosenborg, specialistläkare, Karolic (Stockholm), februari 2010
Drugline nr: 23989
Kan gurkmeja interagera med takrolimus och andra CYP3A4-substrat?
Tropical Turmeric Smoothie
This smoothie exemplifies one of my favorite aspects of smoothies. Creating an absolutely delicious drink containing a number of healthy ingredients that you wouldn’t normally consume individually, unless you like to gag 🙂
Turmeric is a “super spice” in my book, with health benefits that are vast and various. While I’ve been cooking with it for years, I just recently started adding it into my smoothies, with much success.
Here’s why “hiding” a little turmeric in your smoothies is such a great idea.
- Potent Anti-Inflammatory – At the root of most health issues you’ll find inflammation, whose reduction goes along way in alleviating symptoms.
- Aids Weight Loss – By helping increase the flow of bile, an important factor in digesting dietary fat. Also helps the liver detoxify.
- Anti-Cancerous Properties – Turmeric helps prevent and destroy cancer cells.
- Powerful Antioxidant – Potent free-radical quencher.
- Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral, and Anti-Fungal – Perfect when colds or the flu strike.
- Skin Health – Promotes healthy skin and can reduce skin problems.
- Helps With – Turmeric has been implicated in helping relieve and stave off: Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, and depression.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric responsible for much of its health promoting properties, in case you were curious.
Turmeric has a slightly bitter taste. By blending it with sweet fruit and/or a sweetener and not using a ton, you won’t even notice it in your smoothie. I used turmeric from a spice bottle, but fresh turmeric will work just as well. Enjoy!
Tropical Turmeric Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup almond or coconut milk
- 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 fresh or frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- A dash of sea salt
- A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (optional)
- 1-2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
- 1/3 cup coconut shreds/flakes
- 1 tablespoon maca
Simply place all of the ingredients into your blender and blend away for around 30-45 seconds or until your desired consistency is achieved.