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How to Fight Inflammation and Pain without NSAIDs

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NSAIDs are used to manage arthritis inflammation and/or pain. But according to a Danish study, heart attack survivors who used NSAIDs greatly increased their risk of a second heart attack, even if the use was brief.

Naproxen Sodium (Aleve), has been associated with slightly less risk than other NSAIDs, but researchers were motivated to find an anti-inflammatory/pain reliever alternative that had even less risk and proven results.

Herbs And Other Anti-Inflammatory Supplement Options

Curcumin

Rheumatoid and Osteo Arthritis. A COX-2 inhibiting extract of the herb turmeric, it is a powerhouse antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune modulator with multiple circulatory system and heart benefits. Mildly anticoagulant.

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Ginger

Rheumatoid and Osteo Arthritis. Another COX-2 inhibitor, but not as many cardio benefits as curcumin.

Cat's Claw

Rheumatoid Arthritis. This herb, like some prescription drugs that lower the immune system response, is a TNF inhibitor. As with them, there have been some health issues.

Boswellia

Osteo Arthritis. Studies indicate definite pain relief for OA, and other possible benefits.

Quercetin

An antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that helps with cholesterol and atherosclerosis, it is also an anticoagulant, so caution is advised w/ blood thinners.

Resveratrol

An antioxidant that aids in normalizing anti-inflammatory response, it also improves blood vessel elasticity and reduces risk of developing atherosclerosis. Studies indicate life span extension in animals as well as human cells.

Systemic Oral Enzyme Formulations

Have been used predominately in Europe for roughly 30 years. Studies show reduction of inflammatory marker C-reactive proteins (and pain), along with helping to tune up the immune system, dissolve plaque, and other circulatory system benefits. May overlap with ACE inhibitors and blood thinners.

But be sure to check with your doctor first before trying any supplements or alternatives.

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Jaya Mckeown

Jaya Mckeown - Jaya moved to Boston from New York to pursue a master's degree in corporate communications at Emerson College. This experience, combined with her undergraduate degree in psychology and teaching, has equipped her with valuable skills that she employs on a daily basis in real estate negotiations, homebuyer and seller education, and successful promotion of the team's listings. Jaya's clients often characterize her as meticulous, proactive, and enjoyable to be around.

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