Advanced Inflammation Pain Relief

Advanced pain relief with Bromelain, Turmeric and Quercetin for inflammation related to arthritis and joint pain.

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. If you relieve the inflammation, you relieve the pain that comes with it.

More than one-quarter of all adults experienced lower back pain within the past three months, while 15 percent had severe headaches or migraines. Fifteen percent also reported neck pain.

Chronic pain is any physical discomfort lasting for at least six months. Chronic pain affects up to 50 million Americans, most of whom work full time. Common forms of chronic pain include headaches, backaches, arthritis and trauma caused by sports injuries and car accidents.

New Zealand scientists report that Pfizer’s painkiller Celebrex is no safer than other drugs like Vioxx in the COX-2 inhibitor class that have been pulled from the market, adding to questions about the drug’s future. Unlike other COX-2 inhibitors, like Pfizer’s Bextra and Merck’s Vioxx, Celebrex remains on the market with the FDA’s strongest possible safety warning label.

Doctors have warned that the painkiller ibuprofen can raise the risk of having a heart attack. A study by British researchers suggests regular use of the drug increases the chances of an attack by almost a quarter.

Other painkillers in the same family of anti- inflammatory drugs - used by millions of arthritis patients - are even more hazardous, raising the risk by up to 55 per cent, according to the study.

Inflammation is the body's response to irritation, infection or injury. It begins at the level of the cell when, in response to an injury or irritation, white blood cells in the bloodstream begin to stick to the cells lining the blood vessel wall. The end result of this process is inflammation and pain.

Chronic systemic inflammation is an underlying cause of many seemingly unrelated, age-related diseases. As humans grow older, systemic inflammation can inflict devastating degenerative effects throughout the body (Ward 1995; McCarty 1999; Brod 2000). This fact is often overlooked by the medical establishment, yet persuasive scientific evidence exists that correcting a chronic inflammatory disorder will enable many of the infirmities of aging to be prevented or reversed.

The pathological consequences of inflammation are well documented in the medical literature (Willard et al. 1999; Hogan et al. 2001). Regrettably, the dangers of systemic inflammation continue to be ignored, even though proven ways exist to reverse this process.

NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories) like aspirin and ibuprofen are effective painkillers, but they often cause stomach upset, ulcers, liver and kidney damage and gastrointestinal bleeding. Too much Tylenol can kill you! Prescription drugs that address arthritis pain (such as Vioxx and Celebrex) prevent the release of cyclooxygenase 2 (more commonly known as COX-2) a chemical in the body that causes inflammation. These COX-2 inhibitors, however, often cause severe side effects, including heart attacks and strokes. More than 260,000 hospitalizations and 26,000 deaths each year are associated with long-term use of anti-inflammatories. In fact, Merck has to withdraw Vioxx from the market for this reason.

Fortunately there are natural and effective options to NSAIDs and COX-2 inhibitors in treating arthritis pain, with a minimum of side effects. This product is especially good for trainers, physical therapists, and athletes for sports injuries and sports medicine.

Advanced Pain Relief Ingredients:

Quercetin has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity because of direct inhibition of several initial processes of inflammation. It inhibits both the manufacture and release of histamine and other allergic/inflammatory mediators. In addition, it exerts potent antioxidant activity and vitamin C-sparing action.

Quercetin is a flavonoid that forms the "backbone" for many other flavonoids, including the citrus flavonoids rutin, hesperidin, naringin and tangeritin. Quercetin is found to be the most active of the flavonoids in studies, and many medicinal plants owe much of their activity to their high quercetin content.

Turmeric, the spice that is predominately used in curry powder, is used for various medicinal conditions including arthritis, wound healing, skin infections, liver and urinary tract diseases and as a blood purifier. The major constituent of turmeric is curcumin. Arthritis patients given curcumin showed a significant improvement in morning stiffness, walking time and reduction in joint swelling. An additional side benefit is anticancer properties and tumor suppression. Biological Basis for the Use of Botanicals in Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Review, Ahmed S, Anuntiyo J, Malemud CJ, Haqqi TM. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2005 Sep; 2(3): 301-308.

The medicinal properties of the turmeric have for millennia been known to the ancient Indians and its medical properties have been expounded in the Ayurvedic texts. It is only in recent years that researchers have recognised the medicinal properties of turmeric. According to a 2005 article in the Wall Street Journal titled, "Common Indian Spice Stirs Hope," research activity into curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is exploding. Two hundred and fifty-six curcumin papers were published in the past year according to a research of the U.S. National Library of Medicine for its anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties and prevention of Alzheimer's disease.

According to Gregory Cole, Professor of medicine and neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, "Curcumin has been used for thousands of years as a safe anti-inflammatory in a variety of ailments as part of Indian traditional medicine."

Bromelain is a sulfur-containing enzyme that is extracted from the stem of the pineapple and is as effective as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for reducing pain associated with osteoarthritis. Bromelain also helps reduce the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis and is helpful as part of long-term treatment for connective tissue disorders including bursitis and tendinitis.

Bromelain can be used in a vast array of medical conditions. It was first introduced in this area in 1957, and works by blocking some proinflammatory metabolites that accelerate and worsen the inflammatory process. It is an anti-inflammatory agent, and so can assist with sports injury, trauma, arthritis, and other kinds of swelling. Its main uses are athletic injuries, digestive problems, phlebitis, sinusitis, and aiding healing after surgery.

Bromelain is also used for arthritis, chronic venous insufficiency, easy bruising, gout, hemorrhoids, menstrual pain, autoimmune disorders and ulcerative colitis. Studies have shown that bromelain can also be useful in the reduction of platelet clumping and blood clots in the bloodstream, especially in the arteries.

Ginger has been commonly used to treat inflammation. It may also have blood thinning and cholesterol lowering properties, making it effective in treating heart disease; while early studies have shown some efficacy, it is too early to determine whether further research will bear this out.

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Diseases Related To Chronic Inflammation
Disease Mechanism
Allergy Inflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions
Alzheimer's Chronic inflammation destroys brain cells
Anemia Inflammatory cytokines attack erythropoietin production
Aortic valve stenosis Chronic inflammation damages heart valves
Arthritis Inflammatory cytokines destroy joint cartilage and synovial fluid
Cancer Chronic inflammation causes many cancers
Congestive heart failure Chronic inflammation contributes to heart muscle wasting
Fibromyalgia Inflammatory cytokines are elevated
Fibrosis Inflammatory cytokines attack traumatized tissue
Heart attack Chronic inflammation contributes to coronary atherosclerosis
Kidney failure Inflammatory cytokines restrict circulation and damage nephrons
Lupus Inflammatory cytokines induce an autoimmune attack
Pancreatitis Inflammatory cytokines induce pancreatic cell injury
Psoriasis Inflammatory cytokines induce dermatitis
Stroke Chronic inflammation promoted thromboembolic events
Surgical complications Inflammatory cytokines prevent healing

In addition to herbs, you can also take dietary steps to reduce inflammation. The specific fats in your diet affect the way the body makes prostaglandins, a group of hormones that regulate inflammation. Some prostaglandins intensify the inflammatory response while others reduce it. To help your body reduce inflammation eliminate polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, all partially hydrogenated oils and all foods that contain trans-fatty acids (read food labels to check for the presence of these oils). Instead, use extra-virgin olive oil as your main fat and increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids found in oily, cold-water fish, flaxseeds or oil, and walnuts.

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