Three ways to reduce side effects from pain killers

December 16, 2013
Volume 3    |   Issue 100

You may have heard about the many health problems popular painkillers can cause, especially acetaminophen (Tylenol). Unfortunately, many people simply must take these painkillers. If that describes your situation, I have some good news for you. There are two easy ways to reduce the side effects these drugs can cause.

Researchers at Cardiff University's School of Medicine discovered the first way to reduce the side effects. They found that low levels of nitric oxide can increase your risk of experiencing painkiller side effects.

Dr. Valerie O'Donnell, one of the study's authors, said: "We have found that reducing nitric oxide levels in some rodents makes them more likely to suffer cardiovascular side effects from NSAIDs." She suggests increasing your levels of nitric oxide to reduce your risk of side effects.

So how do you increase your nitric oxide? According to a study from Duke University and published in Psychology Today, the best and least expensive way is to exercise. The researchers in this study found that just 20 minutes of aerobic exercise can significantly boost your nitric oxide levels and reduce the negative effects of acetaminophen.

 

But exercise isn't the only way to increase your nitric oxide levels. Perhaps the easiest way is to take CircO2, which I've discussed in the past. Many studies have shown how CircO2 quickly increases your nitric oxide levels. Now we know that it also can help protect you against acetaminophen poisoning.

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But what happens if you do get acetaminophen poisoning?  It's very simple. There's a more commonly used remedy in hospitals to combat acetaminophen poisoning. But it can protect against the liver poisoning that other painkillers can cause. The remedy is the supplement N-acetyl cysteine. Many refer to it as NAC. NAC contains sulfur compounds. These compounds help protect against the toxicity of acetaminophen. To protect yourself against acetaminophen poisoning, follow the dosage directions on the bottle. You can find NAC at most health food stores and online.

Your insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.

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