You know the aisle of the grocery store. The one that smells a little funny, can be very expensive, and make many people itch with Hippie Fever? Yep. The vitamin section. This section is not like when we were kids and were told to love our Flintstones and Yummy Bear vitamins. For those in pain, it very well may be worth battling the smell of patchouli and forging their way into the world of supplements and vitamins for pain relief. New research shows both can help ease pain.
I was looking at a link on PainDoctor.com and had my own thoughts about these supplements and vitamins:
Different Vitamins For Pain Relief
- Vitamin C – think citrus and broccoli – has shown to help with the reconstruction of collage and cartilage. This water-soluble vitamin is readily found in multivitamins and is inexpensive. If you have pain related to inflammation in your joints, you may consider adding this vitamin toy our daily diet.
- 5-HTP, or hydroxytryptophan, has been shown to help with fibromyalgia pain. The serotonin inhibitor helps balance sleep patterns, and hormones. It can help with insomnia and depression.
- Calcium, found in dairy products, helps the body contract muscles – including pumping the heart, and transmit nerve signals. Insufficient calcium leads to osteoporosis, or holes created in the bones. By taking a calcium supplement, you may prevent this chronic condition, and improve your muscles abilities to function.
- Vitamin D, which you can get from the sun, is best taken in conjunction with calcium. (You may have noticed more dairy products are adding this vitamin.) Vitamin D is critical for calcium absorption. Most Americans are not getting sufficient Vitamin D, in part because of fears of sun-related cancers. Thankfully, just 10-15 minutes of direct sunlight per day is sufficient.
- Chondrotin Sulfate is a supplement taken for joint pain. It is thought to help increase the production of collagen. When taken with glucosamine, research shows the two can slow down progression of arthritis.
Be sure to speak with your physician before starting a vitamin or supplement regimen.
What are you thoughts on utilizing vitamins for pain relief? Let us know in the comments!