Arachidonic Acid Troublemakers: Cow’s milk cheese
Aches and pains from chronic inflammation can make you rely on painkillers for life. Arachidonic acid is a primary fuel for chronic inflammation; you’ll find it in organ meats, egg yolk, and cheese. You can limit the intake or try to balance the pro-and-anti-inflammatory profile in the body. Most people just take pain killers, but the problem with taking most pain medication is twofold. First, the body develops tolerance to prescription pain medication, which forces patients to take higher doses, thus increasing the risk of addiction or dependency. Secondly, prescription and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories raise the risk of harmful side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding or cardiovascular events.
I’m seeing young women routinely take ibuprofen for monthly cramps, and young soccer players practically overdose with daily Advil, Motrin or Nuprin. Aleve, which has serious allergic responses from blood in the urine to massive respiratory failure, is another abused OTC remedy. Then there are the non-opioid analgesics such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and aspirins (salicylates) which do not reduce inflammation like NSAIDs, and we know inflammation is a central cause of pain and discomfort.