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Natural alternative to Ibuprofen…and other NSAIDS...

When you are in pain or have inflammation, what do you reach for? Aspirin? Aleve? Or how about Ibuprofen? Given the amount of money the U.S. spends on-over-the-counter pain killers, ($3.9 Billion in 2014 per Consumer Healthcare Product Association), chances are pretty high. It’s what we know relives pain and reduces inflammation. What if you knew there was an alternative? Would you use it? Why should you look for an alternative to Ibuprofen? Simply put it is very harsh on your gut lining and not good for your liver either. Ibuprofen isn’t the only one, other NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can be equally damaging. Examples include aspirin, Aleve, Mortrin, and prescription drugs like Celebrex. Studies show that certain NSAIDS may increase risk of heart attack and stroke in women. An alternative to Ibuprofen and other NSAIDS Curcumin. I’ve written about it here. Curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric, and is also found in limited amounts in ginger. It is a potent anti-inflammatory and these anti-inflammatory effects seem to be quite protective against some form of cancer progression. It is a heavily researched molecule for both cancer prevention and treatment due to its additional anti-cancer effects that are independent of its anti-inflammatory effect. Things to know about curcumin

  • It’s also known as Turmeric extract or Curry Extract

  • It’s not easily absorbed - a low percentage of what you consume is absorbed

  • This absorption can be enhanced with a black pepper extract, piperine, or

  • Absorption can be enhanced with its phytosomal form, such as in a capsule

Given the benefits of curcumin and for best absorption, I take in capsule form which you can find here. Knowing I’m not damaging my gut or liver gives me piece of mind that I’m making a better choice. If you only use Ibuprofen or take an aspirin occasionally, chances are you won’t notice any issues. However, for long term use studies indicate that there can be damage done to your health. With the many benefits beyond pain relief and inflammation, it makes good sense to consider curcumin. Please be sure to consult with your health care practitioner.

To your journey, Lisa Schaffer GreenNote Fitness P.S. Check out my Facebook page for inspiration. P.P.S. Discover GreenNote Fitness recommendations for recovery, supplements, protein bars & powders, nutrition, equipment, books and more in the GreenNoteFitness eStore **Do you have a friend that would benefit from this information? Please forward it to them!**

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