Vitamins are essential to a healthy diet and to our physical and mental health. They are found in most of the foods we eat, but sometimes we don’t get enough of the necessary vitamins. Many of these vitamins provide much needed nutrients to help ward off infection, protect bones, and fight pain. When we are deficient in a vitamin, supplements have been known to aid in replacement of these nutrients. Recent medical studies have shown a few supplements have been known to help lessen chronic pain.
Fish oil, Vitamin D, and Capsaicin have been known to provide relief for patients with chronic pain and arthritis. Recently a study was released from Ohio State University that added curcumin to the list of supplements that has anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin is an herbal supplement found in the spice turmeric and has been shown to help relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis, inflammation, muscle sprains, and other chronic pain symptoms. While cooking with turmeric is common in traditional Asian cuisines, like curries, a tea is another way to enjoy the spice and treat inflammation. If you’re not fond of the taste, you can purchase curcumin in supplement form.
Vitamins and herbal supplements are a great addition to your life if used safely and properly. Like any other supplement, it is best to check with your doctor before starting a new vitamin regime. Although most do not have harsh side effects, they can interact with medications you are already taking. It is always a good idea to check with your doctor or a PMIR specialist who can determine if a specific plan is right for you.
Adding vitamins and herbal supplements to your daily diet can help improve your overall health, but should be taken in moderation. For persistent chronic pain, medications and proven treatments performed by pain management specialists are more reliable options.
PMIR is a pain management center comprised of medical doctors, Dr. Alexander P. Hersel, Dr. Insun Lee, Dr. Bradley Spiegel, and Dr. Mahyar Okhovat, to help you with your pain needs. For more information about treatments or to schedule an appointment contact Pain Management and Injury Relief Medical Center at (855) PMIR-MED.