Most people when they have a headache do the same thing as when they are having a toothache or back pain – they consume ibuprofen. We are becoming very dependent on drugs. Instead of choosing sleep and liquids to get rid of a headache, we go for a pill.
However, fixing your headache quickly by taking ibuprofen is not a permanent solution, the headache will be back. Even though many people use it, doctors say that ibuprofen is bad for the heart and the liver.
How does ibuprofen work? It blocks the formation of prostaglandin, thromboxane, and prostacyclin products which are mediators of pain and inflammation.
The medicine metabolizes in the liver, so it affects it by leading to injury, liver failure even disease named jaundice.
Since 2005, the Food and Drug Administration warned people about the use of this medicine because it gets you higher chances of heart attack. So, they emphasize the warning:
- Even with short-term use, you are in risk of stroke or heart attack (it may start after several weeks of taking NSAID).
- Taking higher doses for a long time puts you in even higher risk.
- People with heart disease are in greatest risk.
Even with short-term use, NSAIDs increase the blood pressure and lead to heart failure. People who are over the age of 40 are in a big risk, and it can be fatal to them.
Due to the reason that it takes a longer time to notice the effects of NSAIDs, many people do not pay attention to the warnings, and they do not take seriously the danger they may cause. So, they choose to use the pills every day to ease the pain.
The danger that pills cause does not mean that there is not a solution for your headache or other pain. Thankfully, we have nature. For instance, turmeric is not just a simple spice that makes your food delicious.
Sometimes, turmeric is much more effective than drugs in treating health issues such as arthritis, depression, cancer, liver disease, and weight loss. Turmeric contains curcumin which has properties like ibuprofen.
It helps you ease the pain by causing a response in the opioid receptors in the brain. A very positive side of turmeric is that it does not make you an addict like drugs do.
According to one study which was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, turmeric helps in treating osteoarthritis. People involved in the study consumed 800 milligrams of ibuprofen during a period of 6 weeks.
The other half of the participants consumed 2,000 milligrams of turmeric. The study revealed that people who took turmeric had better results, and of course, turmeric is safer than drugs.
Make Turmeric Supplements
If you want to use turmeric for more than spicing your foods, you can do it by following the recipe below.
What do you need?
- One-third cup of organic and ground turmeric
- A pinch of ground black pepper
- Three tablespoons of organic and raw honey
- A tablespoon of melted coconut oil
How to prepare it?
Take a bowl and put the ingredients in it. Make a mixture in the form of a paste. Take a little bit of the paste and make small balls. Put them in a freezer for an hour and then take them out.
Keep them in a jar of glass and place them in a fridge. You can consume two or three balls per day.
If you want to have a healthy drink, them, you can use turmeric to make yourself the following remedy. Take one glass, and make a mixture of a tablespoon of turmeric powder, a cup of honey, and use one lemon to squeeze its juice. Stir well.
Use a cup of tea or warm water and add one teaspoon of the mixture in it. You can use this remedy three times per day, and you will notice results. For proper absorption add fats such as coconut oil as well as black pepper.