Q. Dear Terry, “I have chronic low back pain and am hoping for some relief. I tried over-the-counter medications in the past, but I want to switch to something better. What else should I try? ”– Donald K., Raleigh, NC
A. Dear Donald, Back pain affects millions of Americans and can be caused by a wide variety of conditions. To help with pain and inflammation, I recommend a combination of curcumin, boswellia, devil’s claw, DLPA, and white willow bark. These ingredients help to provide you with a targeted, effective, and safe approach with no serious side effects.
Curcumin excels at relieving pain and inflammation. Scientific studies have even shown curcumin to be equal to, or superior to, over-the-counter or prescription medications for relieving pain. One drawback with curcumin is the fact that it is very difficult to absorb. The curcumin I recommend is blended with turmeric essential oil (which has its own anti-inflammatory and pain relieving abilities) for enhanced absorption.
Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates inflammatory compounds. This type of inflammation cannot be managed with prescription painkillers. The boswellia I prefer is standardized to contain high levels of the key compound, AKBA, which gives boswellia many of its health benefits. While most of the compounds within boswellia are anti-inflammatory, there is one compound that is actually pro-inflammatory. Therefore, I recommend a boswellia that is standardized to high AKBA content and low in beta-boswellic acid.
Devil’s claw is not only great at relieving pain, but it can help stop the deterioration of the joints. Many devil’s claw extracts have a low standardization of harpagosides, the plant’s key compounds. I prefer a more potent devil’s claw extract, standardized to 20% harpagosides, which is more effective for relieving back pain.
DLPA is an amino acid combination that improves mood-elevating chemicals in the brain, including dopamine, and blocks a nervous system enzyme that intensifies pain signals.
White willow bark extract has long been recognized as a pain-relieving, natural medicine for back pain. This time-tested ingredient has been shown to be a safe anti-inflammatory for chronic lower back pain, joint problems, and osteoarthritis when compared to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), including aspirin.
Together, these powerful ingredients can relieve pain, stop damaging inflammation, and help rebuild the cartilage that cushions your spine. I would take these ingredients two to three times per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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