Fish Oils; The Natural anti-inflammatory

Merck, manufactures if Vioxx, declares, ”Patients who are currently taking Vioxx should contact their health care providers to discuss discontinuing use of Vioxx and possible alternative treatments.”

On September 30, 2004, the arthritis drug Vioxx, used by two million people around the world, was pulled off the market. A study confirmed long-standing concerns that it raises the risk of blood clots, heart attack and stroke. Vioxx was used in a colon cancer trial because some researchers theorize that inflammation, present in arthritis, may be linked to colon cancer.

Vioxx reduces inflammation by inhibiting the Cox 2 enzyme that creates inflammation. 91 million Vioxx prescriptions have been written in the United States since the drug was introduced in 1999. Sales of Vioxx worldwide last year totaled 2.55 billion dollars.

THE GOOD NEWS: Did you know that many natural substances exhibit an effect on Cox 2 without the side effects or risks of drugs? Have you ever heard of the effects of fish oil on pain and inflammation? Fish oil slows or stops Cox-2 . It not only decreases Cox 2, it can have a favorable effect on risk factors for heart attack and stroke. A very recent study showed that the EPA in fish oil reduced human colon cancer cells when Cox 2 activity was high. It was a colon cancer trial that determined that even though Vioxx inhibited Cox 2, it carried too many risks.

Any fish oil products that you take must be pharmaceutical grade, molecular-distilled, high quality omega 3 oils. This ensures that your body will be able to make excellent use of the fish oils while receiving the protection you desire without the risk of heavy metal contamination.

Curcumin and ginger are other natural substances that decreases Cox-2. In fact, researchers claimed that ginger, “offers a complementary and alternative approach to slow or stop the inflammatory process involved in arthritis. Boswellia appears to have an influence on the pain and inflammation pathway as well. A combination of fish oils and these anti-inflammatory herbs provide natural, synergistic support from pain and inflammation. These products are available at fine health stores and select professional healthcare providers.

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