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No one likes being in pain, and typically, we reach for medication prescribed by our doctors. Many times, we aren’t even sure what’s in those bottles of pills we’re taking or the side effects they can bring on. That’s why natural supplements are a wonderful alternative to synthetic drugs and are derived from botanicals grown in the earth. Thousands of studies have documented the efficacy and safety of natural supplements found worldwide for many common or serious health conditions. Here are our favorites that can help with pain relief.
This pungent, orange-yellow spice has been around for some 4,000 years now and been used medicinally as well as a tasty flavor to cooking, especially in Southeast Asia. The herbaceous plant belongs to the ginger family.
Research shows that turmeric has multiple benefits for the human body as a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anticancer agent. Fans of Tumeric often take it for arthritis to ease painful joint inflammation. Inflammation is the culprit and when out of control can play a role in heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and even depression. Modern approaches to curbing inflammation also include taking CBD gummies.
Capsaicin is the penetrating component found in chili peppers that performs by blocking your nerve cells against a chemical that sends pain messages.
The chili pepper formula can be bought in a topical cream form for minor aches and pain. It can also be bought as a natural supplement in pills packed with cayenne pepper powder to combat general pain and that associated with neuropathy and arthritis.
Capsaicin pills are also good for natural weight loss because the supplements are considered a great appetite suppressant.
For women trying to ease the symptoms of PMS and/or menstrual issues, evening primrose oil is a natural supplement that gets high marks in soothing any bloating, cramping, breast pain, irritability, and depression.
Native Americans used the plant medicinally to treat wounds and bruises for many years as its omega-6 essential fatty acid-base is excellent in benefitting a variety of health conditions.
The Susan G. Komen website also mentions evening primrose oil for those with breast cancer. According to human research conducted, EPO treatment helped prevent breast cancer recurrence. However, the website added that additional studies using evening primrose oil alone are needed in this area.
Many folks enjoy a cup of hot green tea, but to absorb enough of this beverage’s amazing antioxidant potency, most choose the green tea extract capsule form. You would have to drink at least 4 cups a day to get the proper amount.
Green tea is made from the dried leaves and leaf buds of the Camellia sinensis plant, and there have been a lot of studies done on its good health elements. Thanks to the plant’s strong catechins (antioxidants), inflammation can be eased away, and any pain you feel in your joints, especially if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, can benefit by taking the supplement. Research shows that green tea can help slow cartilage loss.
Sometimes, you just have a headache that refuses to budge, stubborn low back pain or issues like osteoarthritis. Willow bark has been used for centuries to treat pain and fever in adults, and it remains another natural supplement effective against these types of chronic conditions.
For instance, the bark that comes from the white willow tree contains salicin, which is a chemical similar to aspirin. Willow bark also features potent anti-inflammatory plant compounds called flavonoids. Willow bark can be taken in capsule form or a liquid supplement. Some people swear by the supplement for relieving pain due to menstrual cramps, the flu, tendonitis, and bursitis.
Let’s be honest. No one older or younger wants to be in pain, and when you’re struggling with it, you want your pain to disappear sooner than later. Synthetic drugs are something that most of us are used to taking, but as consumers, we’ve become very knowledgeable today about what is really in the medicine we’re being prescribed. Natural supplements exist, and there are some with very good benefits. Check with your doctor about going the natural route.