Whenever we think about treatment for pain we tend to only consider medications, therapy, exercise, and other similar resources. However, one of the most effective treatments may be adding the proper vitamins to your diet to help treat your pain and allow you to find more balance in your day to day life.
Consider these four vitamins and how they can help treat your pain.
- Vitamin D: Several medical studies have shown that low levels of vitamin D can increase the symptoms of chronic pain. In fact, a study in 2009 at the Mayo Clinic demonstrated that patients with low vitamin D levels were taking drugs to manage their chronic pain twice as much patients with more normal levels in their system. While increasing vitamin D may not be a quick fix, restoring proper levels is a key factor in a healthy lifestyle.
- Vitamin B: If low back pain is your primary concern, adding vitamin B to your diet may be helpful. In fact, taking vitamin B supplements can provide almost immediate relief of your symptoms on a temporary basis. A combination of B1, B6, and B12 appear to be the most effective. High doses of vitamin B do not have negative side effects like some medications.
- Omega-3 fatty acids: Found primarily in fish oil supplements, omega-3s have been shown to help reduce inflammation caused by conditions such as arthritis. Not only do they control some painful symptoms but they can also alleviate fatigue. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to our body’s optimal health so taking fish oil supplements can aid in relieving your pain and boosting your overall health.
- Niacin: Also known as vitamin B3, niacin can help improve cholesterol levels. Fish, peanuts, and chicken are common sources of niacin. If you aren’t getting enough niacin in your diet, you may consider supplements if suggested by your doctor. The right balance of niacin in your body can relieve pain and stiffness caused by conditions such as arthritis.
Adding vitamins into your diet is a good way to maintain your health in a positive way. Pain management is an important process and natural supplements can help make things a little easier when used effectively and appropriately.
Have you used vitamins to help manage your chronic pain?
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