If you're looking for a natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidants are the answer. And they're not just important for the arthritis or injury type of inflammation- they have an even more important natural anti-inflammatory function. But more about that later...
How to use antioxidant natural anti inflammatory action for your aches and pains:
Anytime you are feeling aches and pains, it's the result of inflammation. The inflammatory process is a whole complicated series of multiple steps and molecules involved. No point putting you to sleep with the details. Let's just get to the important part- how to stop it.
Most people are aware of medications called NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs). These drugs work by stopping one part of the process. When you stop one step, none of the rest of the steps can happen, so that's how they work as anti inflammatories. One example of an NSAID is ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)- there are many others. They work fairly well, but many people can't tolerate the stomach upset that often goes along with it (and taking it over a long period often causes an ulcer- ouch!).
Thankfully, many antioxidants also have a natural anti-inflammatory action (without the side effects!) They interfere with different steps of the inflammatory process. So by supplementing with antioxidants, you can take advantage of this. There is lots of scientific proof that shows their natural anti-inflammatory action. Click here if you're looking for specifics...
Here's an example: Anyone with arthritis or joint problems looking for a natural anti-inflammatory has heard about glucosamine sulfate. It has been shown to increase cartilage growth and the cushioning fluid (bursa) in the joints. (In case you don't already know, the breakdown of cartilage and bursa fluid is the cause of joint pain). In real life though, success with glucosamine sulfate has been disappointing and is fairly rare. When you combine it with the right mixture of antioxidants though, the results are amazing.
I can give you many testimonials of people (including me), who tried everything for their joint pain, including glucosamine sulfate, and had no success. It wasn't until we tried this particular product that had glucosamine AND the right blend of antioxidants that we actually saw results. And they were amazing- one guy actually didn't end up needing his second hip replacement.
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If you just injured yourself and it's a short-term problem, antioxidants will speed up your recovery.
But the real benefit of antioxidant natural anti-inflammatory action is for those with chronic problems. By taking antioxidants, you can help decrease the inflammatory processes going on in your body. Depending on the severity of your problem, this will either eliminate the symptoms altogether, or at least decrease the symptoms so you need less medication to relieve the pain. OR it might actually allow you to be pain-free for the first time in a long time (because I know there are a lot of people out there with such advanced damage that maximum pain medication doesn't even take the pain away).
So that's about all I have to say about aches & pains.
Remember I mentioned that antioxidants have an even more important natural anti-inflammatory function? I would be remiss if I didn't mention...
Inflammation is one of the results of free radical damage. When free radical damage is not controlled, you get chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is one of the main ways degenerative diseases develop. Degenerative diseases are pretty much every disease you can think of (heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer's, MS...). Where the most free radical damage happens determines what disease you get- joints=osteoarthritis, brain=Alzheimer's, etc.
Here's a dramatic example of inflammation in your blood vessels: Researchers fed people a meal that was either high in "bad" fats or high glycemic. Both of these types of meals produce some serious free radicals (but more about that on a future page). The free radicals cause inflammation of the lining of your arteries and this inflammation makes your arteries literally spasm. After feeding them one of these meals, their arteries literally spasmed for 4-5 hours! As you can probably guess, this is not the best thing for your health. When they gave these people antioxidants first, their arteries only spasmed for 4-5 MINUTES. That's a huge difference! That's because the antioxidants were able to neutralize the free radicals BEFORE they could cause the inflammatory damage. This inflammation of your blood vessels is the start of heart disease- and it starts very early in life (your teens!)
I'm not going to bore you with the specifics of how inflammation affects each disease. I'll just sum it up by saying that having antioxidants act as your natural anti-inflammatory is a good way to protect yourself from developing just about ANY disease.
Let me tell you, no pharmaceutical drug can make that claim (to work for EVERY disease). I guarantee you that! That's the beauty of antioxidants- they work for EVERYTHING! I told you they were little miracle molecules...