Nature’s Best Painkillers

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Ideally, we would live without pain. But pain is an unfortunate but natural symptom of life as our bodies get older and suffer injuries. Managing both acute and chronic pain is essential to having a high-quality of everyday life.

Prescription drugs are both synthetic and full of nasty side-effects. You might want to try these natural pain remedies before opening your medicine cabinet and grabbing an ibuprofen.

1. Boswellia

Also known as Indian Frankincense, this herb is native to Asia and the Mediterranean and is known for anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is a root cause of chronic pain. Boswellia contains acids that block the overproduction of cytokinetic activity in cells and tissues and promotes blood flow. This will alleviate symptoms of pain and stiffness in joints and muscles. Boswellia has been used to treat symptoms of Crohn’s, arthritis, colitis, and more.

2. Turmeric

Turmeric is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory spices around. This basic staple of Asian and Mediterranean cuisine can have long term benefits for people suffering from arthritis, joint pain, stiffness, muscle spasms and other types of chronic pain. Acting as a natural painkiller and COX-2 inhibitor, turmeric is a fantastic natural remedy that can be ingested any number of ways.

3. Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is a phytonutrient, made by Haematococcus, a type of microalgae. It is commercially grown in water using advanced biotech methods that preserve its healing properties and protect it from oxidation and UV radiation. Astaxanthin’s anti-inflammatory powers have been demonstrated in double blind, placebo controlled animal and clinical trials. Unlike most antioxidants, astaxanthin is carried by fat molecules directly to muscles, tissues and organs that need it most in your body. Try it if you are experiencing joint or muscle pain.

You can find these natural painkillers in pill form at your pharmacy (this ensures that you’re consuming the parts of the plant that provide pain relief in an effective dose). Your genetics, diet and general health will play a role in how your body responds to these natural remedies. Try them out and see whether they work for you. However, in any case of extreme pain, do not hesitate to see a doctor immediately.