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Do You Suffer from Chronic Pain Daily - January 2013
Get back to doing what you LOVE with a Food-Based approach to Pain Management
1 in 5 Canadians suffer from chronic pain daily
- Children are not spared, with 2% of boys and almost 6% of girls between 12 and 17 years of age reporting chronic pain
- Pain is a major concern for older adults because of its high prevalence – estimated to be as high as 65%, and up to 80% of older adults living in long-term care facilities
- Chronic pain costs more than cancer, heart disease and HIV combined with direct health care costs of $6 billion
- Productivity costs related to job loss and sick days are estimated to be $37 billion per year
- Chronic pain is associated with the worst quality of life as compared with other chronic diseases such as chronic lung or heart disease
- There is double the risk of suicide as compared with people without chronic pain
Chances are, you’ve experienced pain at one time or another. 4 out of 5 of adults complain of back ache, and 20% suffer chronic pain daily. Pain relief products line the drug store shelves, but what if the best prevention and relief comes from the grocery store or the local health food store? Sam Graci discusses nutrition and supplements in regards to top pain conditions: back pain, arthritis and sore joints.
For approximately 85% to 90% of individuals with back pain, no specific cause can be identified. Contributing factors include: poor muscle tone, especially in the back and abdominal muscles; sedentary lifestyle; obesity; smoking; poor posture and in particular, improper or heavy lifting. There is also evidence suggesting that psychosocial factors (e.g., chronic stress and depression) are determinants of back pain.
The good news is there are natural ingredients that are effective, and fast.
Natural Eggshell membrane: This unique ingredient is composed of naturally occurring nutrients including glucosamine, a natural sugar called fucose, and a variety of glycosaminoglycans including chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronic acid as well collagen and other proteins. In short, Natural Eggshell Membrane is JOINT FOOD with nutrients essential for proper joint health and flexibility. Two single center, open-label human clinical studies and one double blind study were conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of eggshell membrane as a treatment for pain and inflexibility associated with joint and connective tissue disorders. The results showed that taken once daily, 500mg of eggshell membrane significantly reduced pain, both rapidly (seven days) and continuously (30 days).
Devil’s Claw: Research-proven to assist with back pain – specifically lower back pain (the most common site). Published studies have resulted in widespread publicity for use of standardized devil’s claw as a mild analgesic for joint pain in Europe. And both in vitro and in vivo experiments suggest that devil’s claw exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, possibly via COX-2 inhibition.
White Willow bark: This natural pain killer provides immediate relief from pain. More than 80% of the salicin in willow is absorbed after oral intake into the intestines...peaking in less than 2 hours after oral administration. Willow extract works in 4 different anti-inflammatory pathways to reduce pain – more effective than aspirin in reduction of inflammatory leukotrienes and COX-2. Even though white willow bark contains salicin, distantly related to aspirin, willow bark extract does not damage the gastrointestinal mucosa.
Arthritis symptoms include pain, stiffness and reduced mobility. Many of the current treatments have a low success rate and have risky side effects.
There are however, natural, research proven ingredients that are both anti-inflammatory and increase joint space.
Building on the known benefits of Natural Eggshell Membrane in joint pain, the addition of an avocado and soy derivative, known as AvoVida® targets hip pain and helps increase joint space. Research shows it also increases cartilage production and reduces inflammation.
In one study the AvoVida® reduced the need to take NSAIDS by 50% in study participants and improved day-to-day functioning by 43%.
Bromelain from pineapple is a known anti-inflammatory that provides more support than the natural eggshell alone.
For more information on pain management visit www.genuinehealth.com
Authors: Kevin J Ruff, Dale P DeVore, Michael D Leu, Mark A Robinson, May 2009 , Volume 2009:4, Clinical Interventions in Aging
Monograph Altern Med Rev. 2008 Sep;13(3):248-52
Phytother Res. 2011 Jan 12. doi: 10.1002/ptr.3386. Willow Species and Aspirin: Different Mechanism of Actions. Vlachojannis J, Magora F, Chrubasik
Genuine 's Bio: Our Mission - At Genuine Health, we believe the path to optimum health is holistic, incorporating a sound body, mind and spirit. There are no magic pill or over-night solutions. With the right information, motivation and inspiration, we can all take steps towards living a healthier life. Since introducing greens+ over ten years ago, our mission to help Canadians achieve a healthier life remains as constant as ever. We do this by providing supplements containing the highest quality ingredients based on scientific research. Nothing makes us more proud than to positively influence people’s lives with products they can trust. - Genuine Health Website
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Description: Cherries can be sweet or sour, red or black. My favorite varieties are the big black ones. We used to enjoy “Bing” cherries I commonly now see a variety called “Lapins”. Cherries contain anthocyanins, the red pigment in berries. Cherry anthocyanins have been shown to reduce pain and inflammation. Anthocyanins are also potent antioxidants. In addition, they appear to significantly lower blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. Cherries are considered a warm food and are great for increasing circulation. They make an excellent detoxifying food, helping the body eliminate uric acid and cleanse the kidneys. They contain ellagic acid, an anticancer compound. So, not only do they taste fabulous, they are also very healthy. A word of caution, cherries are considered to be part of the “”Dirty Dozen” when it comes to fruits and vegetables that have been found to contain the highest levels of pesticide residues. So, it is vitally important to choose only organically grown cherries. They may be considerably more expensive, but your health is worth every extra penny you spend.
Fresh cherries are best stored in a bag in the fruit drawer of your refrigerator. They can also be pitted and frozen into serving sized portions.