7 Alternatives to Taking NSAIDs

What are NSAIDs? NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are medications that reduce inflammation and pain but do not contain steroids. In fact, many well-known pain medicines on the market today are NSAIDs. But using NSAIDs can cause serious side effects, such as gastrointestinal bleeding, heart attack and kidney damage. Data shows that using prescription NSAIDs may increase risk for heart failure by as much as twenty percent. In fact, the FDA has gone to great lengths to make consumers aware that NSAIDs cause an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

With all of the risks associated with taking NSAIDs, it's understandable that more and more people are looking for other options to reduce their inflammation and manage pain. There are a variety of natural NSAID alternatives, some of which may pose fewer serious health risks than their pharmaceutical counterparts. Here are some alternatives to NSAIDs:

You may need to allow one to four weeks to notice a difference in pain when taking bromelain, fish oil, glucosamine and turmeric. You should always consult your physician before taking these or any other products to treat a medical condition.

Dr. Orlando Landrum

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