Although there are some health benefits to taking aspirin, there are also very harmful side effects including permanent kidney damage and stomach bleeding. If you’re looking for a safe natural alternative to aspirin, then here are 5 alternatives.
5 Safe, Natural Alternatives to Aspirin
1. Add more vitamins B, C and carrots to your diet – Studies show that a diet rich in vitamins B and C complex and calcium rich foods can headache proof your diet. Another deficiency that creates pain – Vitamin A, which is found in carrots, eggs, liver and leafy greens.
2. Niacin instead of Advil – Headaches can be caused by chronic poor posture and or poor diet. Try taking 50 mg of niacin (Vitamin B3) at the first sign of pain, instead of aspirin whose enzyme-inhibiting side effects can include indigestion.
3. Get rid of pain with botanicals – The best plant painkiller is Feverfew. It has been used for fevers, migraines, and arthritis for over 2,500 years. The active ingredients which produce stronger than aspirin relief are sesquiterpene lactones and parthenolide. 50 to 100 mg daily is the recommended dose. Another herb is Kudzu, that comes in a powder form, has been used in Chinese pharmacopeia for 1,800 years. The pain suppressant effects (which is migraine specific), is produced by flavonoids, an antioxidant that is also found in tea, apples and red wine.
4. Just say no to nitrates, caffeine and tyramine – All common headache-makers, in fact too much caffeine can cause migraines. Be sure to check the label as health food stores that offer alternatives to chocolate bars, cocoa, chocolate desserts, etc, all include caffeine and tyramine.
5. Empirin Plus – You can active your body’s own natural painkilling endorphins with DLPA (DL-phenylalanine) supplements. 375 mg will help combat pain from whiplash, cramps, and arthritis. The best natural DLPA food sources are dairy foods, lean meant and poultry.
These are ways to get rid of pain in natural ways without all the harmful side effects. There is no one way to get rid of pain, so try them out and give them time to work, as most time the natural path takes time to get into your system and work.
Of course always consult with your doctor before changing your medication, even if it is over the counter medicine like aspirin, they will be able to keep an eye on your progress.
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