Topics in Minerals and Enzymes

Today, there continues to be emerging surgical techniques and cutting edge technologies that have the job of training back pain and osteoarthritis. Many of these techniques have shown promise in treating a person's painful symptoms while having a minimal effect on the body, in terms of toxicity or structural damage. While we agree that these emerging technologies and techniques do show a lot of promise, we also encourage sufferers of back pain and arthritis to think about natural sources of pain relief. Many pharmaceutical medications do have the effect of preventing the proliferation of inflammation in the body, but none of these medications come without costs. These costs include adverse effects on the organs of the body, including the liver, kidneys, and gastrointestinal system. Think of a seesaw that is never quite able to balance itself out. Perhaps there might be some minerals and enzymes out there that can reduce the proliferation of inflammation enzymes in the body without harming the vital organ systems of the body. Much of the research out there confirms this idea. Some minerals and enzymes that have shown clinical promise in lowering inflammation and pain include alpha-lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, turmeric, ginger, carotenoids, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C. Let's take a look at what these minerals and enzymes do, and what foods they may be found in.

coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10): It is though that by taking 60-100 milligrams of CoQ10, the inflammation related pain will be drastically reduced. Our body actually makes its own coenzyme Q10, and this chemical is found in every cell of our body. This chemical is important for energy production and cell growth and maintenance. This chemical acts as an antioxidant and neutralizes molecules in our body that would cause tissue damage. Natural food sources of this chemical include, peanuts, mackerel, sardines, soy oil, beef, and other meat products.

If you are looking increase the amount of this chemical in your body, you may find it in the vitamin section of your grocery or health store under names such as CoQ10, vitamin Q10, ubidecarenone, and ubiquinone.

Alpha-lipoic acid: Many foods, vitamins, and nutrients that provide the health benefit of improving blood circulation also have the effect of reducing chronic pain. Why? Why does the circulation of the blood in the body affect structural problems, such as muscle tears and the wear and tear effects of arthritis? People that know a little something about orthopedic medicine know that the circulatory system has a direct effect on the creation of new and healthy tissues, as well as the release of enzymes that trigger inflammation. Alpha-lipoic acid has the effect of neutralizing harmful chemicals in the body that are produced by inflammatory processes.

Natural food sources of Alpha-lipoic acid include green plants and animal proteins such as kidneys, liver, and hearts.

Turmeric: Turmeric is commonly used as an additive to Asian and Indian food cuisines as a spice. Turmeric is most commonly known as one of the main component of curry dishes, and is the main part of curries that give it its yellow color. Turmeric is a popular natural food source used in complementary medicine for the treatment of joint pain. this curry ingredient is championed for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is recommended that arthritis sufferers who use turmeric for medicinal reasons also include pepper in the same dishes that turmeric is also used. It is believed that the use of pepper amplifies the benefits of turmeric by helping it get into the bloodstream rather than just remaining in the gut and leaving the body.

Turmeric when taken regularly has been shown to not only decrease joint pain but to also increase the fluidity and functioning of the arthritis joints.

People should be careful about using this natural anti-inflammatory if they have any type of blood clotting disorder or if they have an upcoming surgery scheduled.