Whether you’re suffering from arthritis, a headache, or just the general aches and pains of getting older, it can be easy to pop painkillers like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs without even thinking about it.
You might not even bother walking all the way to the medicine cabinet (maybe because it hurts too much) and just keep a bottle in your car or on the kitchen counter… wherever you might get a twinge that calls out for some relief.
These painkillers are supposed to help you, right? But the latest research shows that the relief from pain you feel may be deceiving, because those drugs can be doing way more damage inside your body that you CAN’T feel.
In a study on rats and mice, researchers from UC Davis discovered that the painkillers known as NSAIDs (including OTCs like ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin) can wreak havoc on your cardiovascular health in one or more of the following ways:
1. Reducing the heart’s ability to produce energy by directly affecting the powerhouse of the heart cells, the mitochondria.
2. Causing a reaction that stresses your heart out even more than it already is – pumping blood to every area in your body like gangbusters.
3. Inhibiting your heart’s ability to get rid itself of harmful proteins, leading to a toxic build-up
4. Increasing cardiac cell death.
In the study, a prescription-strength anti-inflammatory called “Meclofenamate sodium” was shown to pound your heart with a quadruple whammy of all four tactics.
Even naproxen – which is considered to be the “safest” NSAID on the market, and is even available over-the-counter – scored 2 out of 4, stressing the heart cells and impairing their mitochondrial function.
So… these painkillers reduce your heart’s ability to do its job, stress it out, and make it toxic enough to kill off its cells.
Yet people keep popping these pills as though they’re harmless!
The researchers suggest that taking antioxidants with your NSAID may prevent cardiac cell death… and while I agree that a powerful nutrient like vitamin C can keep you heart-healthy, I’ll take it one step farther and say that you should ditch the NSAIDs altogether.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
What’s behind the heartbreaking risk of anti-inflammatory drugs, ucdavis.edu/news/whats-behind-heartbreaking-risk-anti-inflammatory-drugs