Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs can also raise blood pressure and cause heart failure, even with short-term use. This can be potentially deadly for people over 40, who have a much higher risk of heart disease than younger adults (5).
Because it takes a long to feel the destructive effects of NSAIDs, most people simply ignore these warnings and underestimate the danger of these drugs. Instead, they continue to rely on pills for daily aches and pains.
The Natural Alternative
Turmeric isn’t just a spice, it’s a medicine.
In some cases, it works better than drugs in fighting health problems such as fatty liver disease, arthritis, weight loss, depression and even cancer.
The active compound in turmeric, curcumin, has analgesic properties comparable to ibuprofen. It dulls the sensation of pain by triggering a response in the opioid receptors in the brain. Unlike drugs, though, turmeric doesn’t cause addiction.
In a study, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, turmeric was shown to be effective in treating osteoarthritis. Over a period of six weeks, a portion of the participants received 800mg of ibuprofen and the remaining subjects took 2,000mg of turmeric.
At the end of the study, those who ate turmeric demonstrated better results showing that the all-natural spice is not only more effective but also safer than popping pills.
To use the spice outside the kitchen, make your own turmeric supplements by following the recipe below.