Americans take Advil (Ibuprofen) to minimize pain associated with headaches, back, and muscle pain. The remedy may stop the pain temporarily, but it does nothing to combat the reason for the pain. When we experience pain, our body is telling us there is something that needs attention. Often times, we simply want to mask the pain for the time being, hoping what caused it will go away. The problem is that we can get into the habit of taking medication (with ibuprofen) on a regular basis to reduce pain which can lead to serious side effects over time.
Ibuprofen is linked to increased risk of heart attack with over two dozen serious adverse health effects, including:
“Ibuprofen is, in fact, not unique in elevating cardiovascular disease risk and/or mortality. The entire category of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) appears to have this under-recognized dark side; cardiovascular disease and cardiac mortality score highest on the list of over 100 unintended adverse health effects associated with their use.”
But, there is an alternative to the drug that kills thousands each year. Are you willing to try alternatives for pain relief?
Research on Natural Alternatives To Ibuprofen
Here is some evidence-based research on alternatives to ibuprofen, sourced from the National Library of Medicine:
- Ginger 
- Topical Arnica 
- Combination: Astaxanthin, Ginkgo biloba and Vitamin C 
- Chinese Skullcap (baicalin) 
- Omega-3 fatty acids: 
- Panax Ginseng 
- St. John’s Wort 
- Anthrocyanins from Sweet Cherries & Raspberries 
- Holy Basil 
- Olive Oil 
The root cause of daily aches and pains are often related to inflammation. Taking daily pain killers to reduce pain and inflammation appears to have serious side effects that can build up over time. Alternatives to petrochemical-based medications such as Ibuprofen include many safe and apparently effective natural remedies according to the Library of Medicine.
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