Diclofenac Causes as Many Heart Attacks as Vioxx
February 27, 2013
A new study shows anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac is as dangerous as Vioxx, raising your risk for heart attack or stroke by 40 percent
Diclofenac is one of the older nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), dating back to the 1970s; although not popular in the U.S., it is the most widely prescribed painkiller worldwide
Diclofenac and other NSAIDs increase your risk for cardiovascular issues by inhibiting enzymes that dilate your blood vessels and assist blood flow; recent evidence also suggests they may also cause hardening of your arteries.
Suggestions are given about how you can reduce inflammation naturally, without drugs; diet and lifestyle changes and several anti-inflammatory herbs can be very effective in relieving pain and inflammation.
Fighting Inflammation Naturally with Herbs and Supplements
The herbs and supplements that follow are useful for treating the symptoms of inflammation and relieving pain while you work at implementing the lifestyle changes above:
Curcumin (active agent in the spice turmeric) is a potent anti-inflammatory shown to be effective against both acute and chronic pain. A study published in April 20125 revealed that a highly bioavailable form of curcumin was more effective than Voltaren (diclofenac) in alleviating RA symptoms, including tenderness and swelling of joints. In fact, the individuals taking curcumin experienced the most improvement across the board.
Ginger has a number of health benefits, one of which is reducing inflammation. Ginger is a natural pain reliever and can be quite beneficial post exercise. Fresh ginger works well steeped in boiling water as a tea or grated into vegetable juice.
Astaxanthin is a powerful anti-inflammatory that has great pain controlling benefits. In one study, RA sufferers experienced a 35 percent improvement in pain levels, as well as a 40 percent improvement in their ability to perform daily activities after receiving astaxanthin for only eight weeks. In another study6, more than 80 percent of arthritis sufferers improved while taking astaxanthin.
Boswellia, also known as boswellin or "Indian frankincense," is another herb I've found to be particularly useful for arthritis pain and inflammation.
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