For most people in the world chronic pain is the major issue that suffers worldwide must deal with often. For most it is a financial and social burden that is put upon them due to a lack of support in the medical field and social circles.
Since chronic pain comes with a plethora of possible triggers it is often very difficult to pinpoint the exact reasons as to what is the root cause of one’s chronic pain, inflammation, causes and response to healing time.
Changes in muscle and bones can be due to age, race, genetics, weight gain, prior injuries, including a reduced intolerance to exercise. These changes may be due to a reduction in muscle fibers in tissue or changes in the nervous system reducing tone an ability for the muscles to contract.
As we know, bone is a living tissue and with age bone starts to change resulting in loss of bone tissue. When bone is lost it becomes weaker causing high risk of falls which can leading to broken bones and fractures.
Here are just a few conditions that many individuals suffer to day with include:
Osteoarthritis: The cartilage within the bone breaks down causing stiffness and pain
Osteomalacia: Bones become soft due to a lack of vitamin D
Osteoporosis: Loss of bone mass causes bones to become brittle and fractures are more likely to occur
Rheumatoid arthritis: Inflammation of the joints related to autoimmunity
Muscle weakness and pain: This could be due to all the above conditions that is associated with a particular muscle and its function (or other chronic conditions linked to pain).
Current medications such as non-steroid anti-inflammatory, antidepressants, steroidal, opiates, anticonvulsants and pain therapy are yet unclear as to exactly how effective they might be for those suffering with chronic pain. Medications may especially be unresponsive depending on the conditions, the inflammatory response, age, and other factors that may affect an individual’s pain relief.
This is why more people are reaching for natural products that can benefit them in the longer run rather than treatments that may cause harmful side effects with little to no lasting positive results.
Here are some natural anti-aging solutions to help repair muscles, nerve endings and reduce aches and pains:
- N-acetyl cysteine: is also known as NAC, is a precursor to glutathione. It is a powerful antioxidant which is known to protect cell membranes from stress by reversing DNA damage. It also helps to support the liver and increases metabolism for weight control. Research shows that is possible that a reduction in the amount of positive stress within cells increases the body’s state of health and it’s performance.
- Resveratrol: is a polyphenol found in the skin of grapes. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties that helps stimulate the longevity of cellular organisms. Studies have shown that people who ingest resveratrol regularly may reduce their risk of heart disease and lower their cholesterol. It also contains remarkable properties for pain and may reduce tissue damage while increasing mobility within joints.
- Whey protein: contains a curdled sour milk protein called casein. It also has beta-lactoglobulin, Alpha-lactoglobulin, immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, bovine serum albumin. Many of the proteins included in whey protein has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Alpha-lactalbumin which contains about 25% of whey protein with high amounts of anti-inflammatory properties and cox-2 inhibitor. Whey protein has the ability to increase muscle strength, increase glutathione production, act as an anti-inflammatory, heal mucous lining/membranes and strengthens the immune system.
Fish oil: most people eat a standard American diet that includes french fries, pastries, refined sugar, wheat, hydrogenated oils etc. which causes the body to starve from maintaining necessary healthy fats that are needed for a well balanced life. Since cell membranes need healthy fats, an individual who maintains a standard American diet lacks essential healthy fats and are more susceptible to pain and inflammation within the body. Fish oil contains omega-3 fats which help reduce inflammation in the brain, nervous system and the skeletomuscular system. Research shows that taking additional fish oil with omega-3 fatty acids can reduce a significant amount of pain and inflammation in joints, muscles and other tissue organs in the body.
Chronic pain affects millions of individuals both men and women as well as people of all ages. Many individuals commonly seek medical attention for muscle and joint relief. However most of the standard medications on the market today often don’t relieve their coming painful daily suffering. More people are seeking natural supplements and resources to guide them to better results in order to live longer and healthier lives.
Camille McClellan, MD, DNM, MBS
McClellan Natural Health, Wellness & Nutrition
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