Hurting? Swap your NSAID for this vitamin

Arthritis, menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, back pain — you’ve probably dealt with one or more of these forms of chronic pain in your lifetime. And maybe you’re still trying to rein in your chronic pain… even after you’ve tried everything conventional and alternative medicine has to offer…

But don’t give up hope: There’s a vitamin that can change your life by drastically reducing your pain — and won’t increase your heart attack risk, like dangerous NSAIDs.

It’s a vitamin that can also strengthen your immune system, slow aging and fight a long list of chronic diseases. That means, if you get enough, you’ll be doing a lot more than taming your chronic pain, you’ll be helping your body attain optimum health.

So, which vitamin could finally put your chronic pain (and other health issues) to bed?

Well, a recent review of the available research shows that if you want to feel no pain, you better be extra certain to get your daily dose of D…

Vitamin D does your pain response good

A review of the scientific literature related to vitamin D and pain management conducted by researchers at The Federal University of São Paulo in Brazil found a definite link between vitamin D levels and your perception of pain…

More specifically, these researchers concluded that vitamin D affects the body’s inflammation response in a way that lowers the sensation of pain. That makes sense since vitamin D deficiency is tied to an increased risk for pain-related conditions like fibromyalgia and rheumatic diseases.

Researchers believe vitamin D’s ability to regulate your sleep cycle may add to its ability to reduce your pain too…

You see, the link between pain and poor sleep is well-established. You may have even experienced this vicious cycle yourself… your pain prevents you from sleeping, and the less sleep you get, the worse your pain gets.

Well, researchers suspect there’s a three-way connection between sleep, pain and vitamin D. But they’re still figuring out the nitty gritty of how this connection works and what it means for chronic pain sufferers.

“We can hypothesize that suitable vitamin D supplementation combined with sleep hygiene may optimize the therapeutic management of pain-related diseases, such as fibromyalgia,” said Dr. Monica Levy Andersen, lead researcher in the study. “It is necessary to understand the possible mechanisms involved in this relationship, including immunological and neurobiological pathways related to inter-relationship among sleep, vitamin D and pain.”

So, even though researchers don’t know exactly how this relationship works, they do know that vitamin D regulates sleep and reduces pain. That means, it’s doing double-duty for chronic pain sufferers like you by keeping you well-rested and pain-free.

How much vitamin D do you need?

When it comes to getting your daily dose of D, there’s a lot of conjecture about how much you need.  According to Easy Health Options contributor Dr. Michael Cutler, the first step to supplementing with vitamin D is getting your levels tested.

Once you confirm your levels are below 35ng/ml (either through an at-home test or a test at your doctor’s office), you can start eating more vitamin D-rich foods (like mushrooms, eggs and fish), sitting in the sun without sunscreen for about 20 minutes per day and taking 1,000 International Units (IU) of vitamin D3 daily. By adopting these three simple habits, you may finally put your chronic pain to bed once and for all.

Editor’s note: If you suffer from chronic pain and conventional medicine has let you down, or you just want to escape the potential dangers of OTC and prescription drugs even for occasional pain, you must read Conquering the Pain: An Alternative Doctor’s Fresh Look at the Newest and Oldest in Alternative Pain Therapies. Click here to get your copy today!

Sources:
  1. Vitamin D supplements could help pain management. — MedicalXpress. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  2. Levy Andersen, et al. “The interfaces between vitamin D, sleep and pain.” — Journal of Endocrinology, 2017.

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Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.