NSAIDS linked to increased risk of stroke

Short-term use of NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) has been found to be associated with an increased risk of stroke in a healthy population. Examples of NSAIDs include Nurofen and Ibuprofen. Previously these drugs have been found to be associated with increased risk of MI (myocardial infarction).

The author of the study said that he believes the harmful effects of these agents are relevant to huge numbers of people. “If half the population takes these drugs, even on an occasional basis, then this could be responsible for a 50% to 100% increase in stroke risk. It is an enormous effect.”

From a functional medicine point of view, NSAIDs have always been linked with gastrointestinal complaints – in particularly intestinal permeability or “leaky gut”. If you are taking NSAIDs to manage pain, even on a short-term basis, it is time to start looking for more natural alternatives. This is particularly important if you are taking them to manage stomach pain/cramps or menstrual pain.

Supplements like omega-3 fish oils, magnesium and curcumin can be used very effectively together as both muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories. Speak to a nutritional therapist for some advice on managing pain neutraceutically.