Natural Substitutes for NSAIDS

Here is a good article about natural substitutes for NSAIDs.

In addition to the possibilities below, you should also try green and/or white tea, which, like many herbs and botanicals, contains phenomenal anti-inflammatory properties.

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NSAID Substitutes

by Stacy Tabb

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs—or NSAIDs—are medications that decrease inflammation in the body without the use of steroids. Inflammation can cause such symptoms as arthritis, headaches, sinusitis, or general pain in the body. Common NSAIDs include over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen (known as Aleve), and nabumetone (known as Relafen). A drawback to traditional NSAIDs is that they can cause stomach upset or even stomach bleeding, which is why some people may benefit from natural anti-inflammatory supplements. [Tylenol (acetaminophen) works through a different mechanism and is not classed as an NSAID even though it is a pain killer. Tylenol is responsible for most liver failure in the U.S. and must always be used with caution and according to package directions. editor’s note] ********************** Ginger — Ginger has historically been used in folk medicine and is effective for relief from upset stomach and for use as an anti-inflammatory. It contains hundreds of anti-inflammatory compounds and is available in its natural root form as well as in powders and capsules. Turmeric — Available in capsules, tablets, powders, and as a cooking spice, turmeric has been used for relief from arthritis, bursitis and as an overall anti-inflammatory. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, the dried spice does not have enough potency to be used as an anti-inflammatory. Medicinal-grade tablets or capsules should be used. Fish Oil — Fish oil contains essential omega-3 fatty acids which plays a role in reducing inflammation in the body. Wild-caught Alaskan salmon is an excellent source of omega-3’s as well as fish oil capsules. When choosing supplements make sure to look for ones that are certified to be free of mercury and lead—these heavy metals are known to be found in oily fish. Vitamins C and E — According to Jack Challem of The Nutrition Reporter, too-low levels of vitamin E in the diet have been linked to an increase in chronic inflammation. Eating the recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables can alleviate this problem. In addition, some studies suggest that vitamins C and E work optimally together to reduce damage to the body from inflammation. Diet and Exercise — In addition to herbal and vitamin supplements, you can change your eating and exercise habits to reduce inflammation. Most processed and fast foods contain flour, sodium, and sugar and aggravate inflammation in the body. Selecting a diet of fresh, whole foods is a healthier approach. Foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish, and healthy oils (such as olive oil) are good anti-inflammatory choices. Daily exercise will help to reduce stress levels in the body which can also bring down inflammation levels.

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