Natural Substances with Anti-inflammatory and Analgesic Effects

When we get pain many of us automatically reach for a pain killer: ibuprofen or acetaminophen.   This article summarizes natural substances that provide anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.

First, the article reviews the positive effects of cherries, which contain flavonoids, which can promote a anti-inflammatory response.    Cyanidin, one of the flavonoids found in cherries, has similar effects to aspirin.

Next, the article reviews the spice Ginger, which has been proven to be as effective as ibuprofen in producing anti-inflammatory effects. Two studies are presented, one looking at the use of ginger in women with menstrual cramps, and a second looking at ginger oil in people with degenerative diseases.    Ginger has antibacterial, antiviral, anti parasitic and antioxidant properties.

Turmeric is the third compound reviewed, due to it’s main ingredient curcumin. Curcumin is both an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. In fact, curcumin is one of the most powerful agents in its anti-inflammatory effects.

Next, quercetin is observed, which is again in the flavnoid group like the cherries listed above, thus producing anti-inflammatory effects.

Lastly, the article reviews garlic which is a well known as a natural antibiotic. Unlike the other options, garlic can both be consumed AND applied to the area of inflammation topically.

Many of the pain killers we reach for can have negative side effects.   Trying a more natural approach to ease pain should be tried to promote the best health possible!

Key Points:

  • 1Cherries are a natural substance with stated anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. The darker the cherry, the more flavonoids it contains.
  • 2Tumeric’s primary ingredient is curcumin, which has been shown to be an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant.
  • 3Ginger can be as effective in eliminating pain as ibuprofen.

Ginger oil has also been shown to be effective in treating knee pain in people with degenerative disease.

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