Pain is rarely just pain. It often affects one’s mood and energy level, altering hormonal and neurotransmitter balance. And while over-the-counter drugs may offer short-term alleviation, they can certainly offer a slew of some serious side effects too. Today, people are turning a new page to natural pain relief.
After learning that the majority of over-the-counter drugs or NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and ketoprofen can lead to grave conditions, consumers are changing their perspective on how they go about relieving pain.
Be a Part of the Solution
Before habits form, offer customers a safe, more sustainable approach to at least dulling the pain that keeps them from living their best lives. There are plenty of age-old remedies that have been used for centuries, many which involve natural plants and herbs, vitamins and minerals. Today’s technology has allowed supplement manufacturers to encapsulate extracts straight from the earth into high quality products for countless individuals.
If you do not yet offer customers pain-relieving supplements, now is the time to consider some ingredients.
- Turmeric/Curcumin: Commonly known as the spice that gives curry its yellow color and unique flavor, turmeric contains curcumin, an antioxidant that helps protect the body from free radical damage to cells and tissue. In terms of pain relief, curcumin has been shown to help alleviate inflammation for those with osteoarthritis, athletic injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, bone fractures, and more.
- Boswellia: Another well-studied anti-inflammatory, Boswellia works differently than curcumin. While curcumin downregulates every inflammatory pathway in the body, Boswellia does not. Boswellia contains a family of compounds called boswellic acids, which comprise anti-inflammatory properties. A supplement with Boswellia can help customers with psoriatic arthritis, gout, and chronic lung and intestinal disorders.
- Double the benefits: Curcumin and Boswellia actually work well when taken together. That’s right, two supplements supporting each other. In fact, studies have demonstrated how much better the combination worked for osteoarthritis of the knee than a prescription drug.
- Willow bark: I wasn’t kidding when I said natural remedies have been used for centuries. Willow bark has been used to lessen inflammation, the cause of most aches and pains, for that long. Initially, peopled chewed the bark itself to relieve pain and fevers. Now, willow bark is sold as a dried herb or in capsule form. It can help alleviate headaches, low back pain, and osteoarthritis discomfort. Always advise customers to consult with a licensed physician before taking this or any dietary supplement, so to avoid interactions with current medication or other complications.
Vitamin B-6 is revered for its pain-relieving capabilities in people with carpal tunnel disorders. Ginger’s anti-inflammatory compounds, gingerols, are powerful for pain relief as well. You see, the list goes on. It is ultimately up to you to decide which ingredients you would like to provide customers in pain. Makers Nutrition is staffed with an expert team of specialists who know all about dietary supplements. If you need some help creating a standout pain-relief product, give us a call at 1-844-625-3771.
- Cheryl Myers. “Natural Answers For Pain.” Vitamin Retailer, March 2021, pp.38-39.