TERRY’S BOTTOM LINE:
If you deal with acute and chronic pain, you don’t need to
use potentially harmful over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Powerful
natural ingredients are just as effective without the risk.
For safe and effective pain relief, I recommend curcumin and
boswellia along with DL-phenylalanine and nattokinase. These nutrients stop
pain, reduce inflammation, and help you stay active. Together, they:
- Stop pain fast!
- Shorten your recovery time
- Help you stay active
- Inhibit COX-2 and 5-LOX
- Fight inflammation throughout the body
- Provide safe, proven, effective relief
When you’re in pain, you want something that works fast. You
want relief that does more than simply mask pain, but also stops inflammation
without the risks to your kidneys, stomach, liver, and heart.
We’ll look at natural ingredients that reduce inflammation
and relieve pain by inhibiting the COX-2 (cyclooxygenase-2) and 5-LOX
(5-lipoxygenase) enzymes, without dangerous side effects. In fact, these
natural ingredients are superior to conventional drugs in both efficacy and
Inflammation and Pain: The Connection
Inflammation is the beginning of all pain. It is triggered
by damage to your body. Typically, when we think of inflammation we think of
heat, redness, swelling, and pain. Pain is our warning signal that something is
in need of repair. Inflammation and pain are normal and necessary when we
have an injury, such as a sprained ankle. Chronic inflammation that lasts and
lasts, however, is not normal and is, in fact, a disease. This type of
inflammation is at the root of almost all serious illnesses, including cancer,
heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and painful conditions such as arthritis.
Relieve Inflammation and You Relieve Pain
Inflammation is triggered by the release of hormone-like
compounds called prostaglandins, especially PGE2, and is sustained by the
inflammatory COX-2 enzyme. If it were possible to inhibit the COX-2 enzyme, it
would be possible to control inflammation and possibly even cancer. Did you
know that cancer cells are surrounded by an abnormally heavy concentration of
In fact, many years ago, drug companies found that aspirin
inhibited COX-2, and that aspirin users have less cancer. But of course, there
is a downside to chronic aspirin use. At the same time it inhibits COX-2, it
also inhibits COX-1, which is a protective prostaglandin for the lining of the
digestive tract and blood vessels. Therefore, without adequate COX-1
protection, you can have ulcers and leaking of the blood vessels. While aspirin
is fine for temporary use, extended use may cause serious side effects and even
death. One report has estimated that over 40,000 people die annually from the
overuse of drugs in the aspirin family.
Also, consider the “advanced” COX-2 inhibitors Vioxx,
Bextra, Celebrex, etc. These drugs did not cause ulcers or weak blood vessels
so the expectation was extremely high. Scientists later found that the results
experienced were offset by the fact that these anti-inflammatories caused heart
attacks and strokes because they induced clots in the blood. The risks
were so great that the FDA took Vioxx and Bextra off the market, and now
requires a “black box” warning on Celebrex, which is the strongest warning
class for prescription drugs.
The natural ingredients I recommend have been traditionally
used and clinically studied, and provide the relief you need without side
effects or worry. Additionally, they work quickly – some report relief in as
little as 45 minutes. I consider them to be truly advanced pain relieving
Natural Inflammation Fighters – Safe, Effective,
What people truly need is an anti-inflammatory product that
inhibits COX-2 and 5-LOX, without side effects. I’m happy to say that it
exists. It includes two common herbal ingredients – curcumin and boswellia, and
it stops the cause of pain – fast.
Curcumin is a compound from the herb turmeric (Curcuma
longa). It is extremely effective in relieving inflammation, which, along with
oxidation, is the cause of all chronic disease, including cancer. The curcumin
I recommend has also been clinically studied to stop pain, inflammation, and
heal joint damage.
One of the studies followed 45 individuals with rheumatoid
arthritis, randomized to three groups. Group one received 50 mg of diclofenac
sodium twice daily; group two received 500 mg of high-absorption curcumin twice
daily; and group three received both diclofenac sodium and curcumin. The
high-absorption curcumin was more effective than diclofenac sodium at reducing
joint pain and swelling. Taking the curcumin with the drug was no more
effective than using the botanical alone, and taking the drug alone was less
effective. Makes you wonder why effective natural products aren’t the first course
of action right away, doesn’t it?
But You Need the RIGHT Natural Ingredients
While curcumin is amazing, the form of curcumin you choose
makes all the difference. That’s because not all curcumin extracts are the
same, and they don’t all absorb well. In fact, in many of the studies with
curcumin, researchers have needed to use very high amounts – up to 12 grams
daily – in order to maintain therapeutic blood levels that showed a benefit.
Supplement manufacturers have tried to make it easier for
the body to use with varying degrees of success. Many standardize their
extracts to 95% curcumin, but unfortunately that method alone isn’t very
There is a better form, and it is the one I recommend. It
stems from research by scientists in India who’ve isolated a curcuminoid
complex(curcumin is one kind of curcuminoid). This form of high-absorption
curcumin is re-blended with the essential oil of turmeric for greater
absorption and blood retention time at meaningful levels compared to
standard 95% curcumin extracts.
Because it is absorbed so well, curcumin blended with
turmeric essential oil is extremely effective in reducing pain and
inflammation. It not only inhibits COX-2, but does it in such a way as not to
block it completely since we do need some COX-2 for other body functions. And
it does this without any significant side effects! Remember, it isn’t
just what you take – it is what you ABSORB that counts.
Curcumin’s Natural Partners – Boswellia and More
Boswellia (Boswellia serrata), another strong, traditionally
used botanical from India, works extremely well with curcumin.
It is especially effective and potent at reducing joint pain
associated with arthritis by inhibiting the inflammatory enzyme, 5-LOX. I
believe that extracts with a guaranteed amount of AKBA
(acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid) that also are low in β-boswellic acid (which
interferes with beneficial activity) really boost the effectiveness of
The uniquely standardized boswellia and high absorption
curcumin I recommend have been proven to effectively fight osteoarthritis pain.
An osteoarthritis study that compared the two botanicals to the generic
celecoxib (known under the brand name Celebrex) for individuals with
osteoarthritis showed excellent results.
One group received 100 mg of celecoxib twice daily, while
the second group received a 500 mg blend of high-absorption curcumin and
uniquely standardized boswellic acid extract twice daily.
When it came to relieving pain, 64% of those taking the
two-herb combination versus 29% in the drug group improved to such a high
degree that they were able to move from having “moderate to severe arthritis”
to “mild to moderate arthritis.” Like the RA study, this research shows that
the power of a natural pain-fighting botanical was extremely impressive.
Fighting Inflammation, Improving Mood
The pain reliever DLPA (dl-phenylalanine) contains two forms
of the amino acid phenylalanine. The “l” form improves mood-elevating
chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. The
“d” form of phenylalanine appears to block a nervous system enzyme (enzyme
carboxypeptidase A) that intensifies pain signals. DLPA helps prevent the
breakdown of enkephalins, one of the brain’s natural pain-killing substances,
which are in the same family as endorphins. DLPA supplements combine the “l”
and “d” forms of phenylalanine, which work synergistically to reduce chronic
pain and improve mood – two concerns that are interconnected.
Many people confuse DLPA (found abundantly in fish, yogurt
and tofu) with aspartame (NutraSweet or Equal), which also has the amino acid
phenylalanine as an ingredient. These are not the same compounds and do
not act in the same way in our body. Aspartame breaks down into an unnatural
toxic substance not found in the human diet, which can cause some people to be
sick or have migraine headaches. When DLPA breaks down, it converts to
tyrosine, which is a precursor to helpful neurotransmitters like dopamine,
epinephrine and norepinephrine; melanin, a healthy pigment in the skin; and
thyroid hormone. It does not metabolize into toxic substances. There are no
health concerns with DLPA causing migraine headaches or other problems.
Nattokinase – Bringing These Ingredients Together
The third natural partner for curcumin is the enzyme
nattokinase. This enzyme extract helps to carry the other ingredients through
the bloodstream so they can get to where they are needed most – including your
sore muscles and joints. Nattokinase also helps reduce circulating fibrinogen –
a compound that causes stiff muscles and can, over time, actually damage muscle
and joint tissue when present in elevated amounts.
Curcumin, boswellia, DLPA, and nattokinase make one of the
most powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relieving combinations you can find.
These ingredients have been proven time and again to be highly effective and
safe for extended use. These ingredients will benefit anyone who is suffering
from pain, whether it is acute, sudden pain such as a strain, over-exercising,
sprains, or any exercise-induced injury, or chronic pain from arthritis,
migraine headaches, bursitis, back pain, or any recurring pain. Using these
natural ingredients can literally change your life. You can truly be pain-free
and live to the fullest, naturally.
To safely and effectively relieve all types of pain, I
recommend high absorption curcumin, uniquely standardized boswellia,
DL-phenylalanine, and nattokinase taken one to three times daily.