There were nearly 30 000 cases in the period between 1999 and 2003 of heart attack and sudden cardiac death due to Vioxx usage, statistics prove. A study which was conducted in 2000 showed evidence that these dedications cause increased heart rate and are associated with heart attack and strokes. Another study published in Lancet, NSAID, published that drugs usage can double the risk of heart attack and heart failure. FDA, Merck and other pharmaceutical companies remained silent to all of this proves!
Why so many people take NSAID drugs such as ibuprofen?
It is a period of time when pain and inflammation are common health conditions. The first thing we have on mind to reduce the pain is to take a pill. But this is not the right solution. It is better that you prevent and treat these conditions with the changing of your daily diet and your lifestyle as well. The things that are essential for proper health are healthy food, regular exercise and reduced stress levels. But many people don’t have the time to do these changes and they choose the easier alternative, to take over-the counter drugs, such as ibuprofen, that can relieve pain instantly. But are people aware that these types of medications have negative effect on people’s health?
Adverse health effects
The whole group of anti-inflammatory and steroidal drugs is bad for our health and has many side effects. These side effects are associated with increased risk of heart attack and sudden cardiac death, DNA, damage, hypertension, anemia, miscarriage, influenza and hearing loss.
Research on Natural alternatives to Ibuprofen
- Topical Arnica – it is extremely beneficial for hand osteoarthritis with lower risk of side effects (study published in 2007);
- Ginger – capsules (250 mg 4 times a day) are equally effective as mefenamic acid and ibuprofen for pain relief in menstrual cycles in women (study published in 2009);
- John’s Wort – it`s twice stronger and more effective than ibuprofen an analgesic (an animal study from 2004);
- Panax Ginseng – it has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties similar to those in ibuprofen which also indicates its possible anti-rheumatoid arthritis properties (an animal study from 2008);
- Omega-3 fatty acids – 1200-2400 mg on daily basis are equally effective as ibuprofen for relieving arthritis pain with less side effects (human study from 2006);
- Chinese Skullcap (baicalin) – contains a substance known as baicalin which is equally effective as ibuprofen in reducing pain (animal study from 2003);
- Combination of Vitamin C, Ginkgo biloba, and Astaxanthin – it is equal to and even better than ibuprofen in reducing asthma-associated respiratory inflammation (animal study from 2011);
- Olive oil – contains a substance called oleocanthal which has anti-inflammatory effects similar to those of ibuprofen;
- Holy Basil – its compounds have anti-inflammatory properties comparable to aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen (study from 2000);
- Anthocyanin from Raspberries and Sweet Cherries – its power is equal to that of naproxen and ibuprofen in suppressing inflammation-associated enzyme familiar as cyclooxygenase-1 and -2 (a study from 2001)