Eggs, Inflammation and Pain: What They Have in Common

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Inflammation and pain are a common combination, whether it's related to arthritis, muscle sprains or strains, tendonitis, overworked joints, or similar physical trauma. But where do eggs fit into the picture? You may be surprised.

Eggs, inflammation, and pain

For more than four centuries, people in Asian countries have been using eggshell membrane from birds' eggs as a natural bandage on cuts and burns. In recent years, scientists have analyzed the components of those membranes, and they include calcium carbonate, protein, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, and glucosamine. If you recognized factors associated with arthritis pain relief, inflammation, and pain in general, you would be right.

As more and more people turn to natural pain relief options, there is also interest in potential new remedies. Eggshell membrane is one of those possibilities. Among the numerous studies of the eggshell membrane and its ability to relieve pain and inflammation is one that appeared in the Journal of Inflammation Research.

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The authors of the study reported that eggshell membrane powder "and its soluble carbohydrate components possess anti-inflammatory properties." They concluded that this natural pain reliever had "potential…as a novel biological wound dressing for treatment of chronic inflammatory wounds."

A group of postmenopausal women were involved in a study that compared eggshell membrane versus placebo. The women took either 500 milligrams of the supplement or a placebo daily for two weeks. All of the women participated in the same exercise program on alternating days.

The researchers found that the women who took the eggshell membrane supplement experienced a rapid improvement in their joint pain, stiffness, and discomfort when compared with those who took the placebo. In addition, the supplement users had a decline in a biological indicator for cartilage degradation, which occurs in individuals with arthritis.

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Other natural pain relievers

Several other natural pain relievers work well with eggshell membrane in the fight against inflammation and the pain that often accompanies it.

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Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) is an herb that has been recognized for its ability to relieve inflammation for millennia. Also known as frankincense, it has the ability to inhibit the production of a molecule that causes inflammation.

For example, in a study of 30 individuals with osteoarthritis, those who took Boswellia experienced a decrease in knee pain and knee joint swelling along with improvement in knee flexion and walking distance.

Devil's claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) is a South African herb that has been used to reduce the pain associated with tendonitis, back and neck problems, and osteoarthritis. The herb works by enhancing the inhibition of the process that causes inflammation.

In a study of 259 individuals with rheumatic conditions, 60 percent of the participants were able to either reduce or stop their pain medication after taking devil's claw for eight weeks.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa), or more precisely its active antioxidant ingredient curcumin, can help reduce inflammation and arthritis pain. In one study, researchers found that curcumin can help reduce pain associated with tendonitis and autoimmune disorders as well as interfere with substances that promote inflammation.

Black pepper (Piper nigrum) contains piperine, a substance that can boost the bioavailability of curcumin by up to 2,000 percent, according to a report appearing in Foods.

Bottom line

If you're looking for a natural way to relieve inflammation and pain, think eggs. Eggshell membrane supplements may provide significant relief from pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, muscle sprains, tendonitis, and other similar conditions.

Look for a supplement that provides pain-relieving natural eggshell membrane powder as well as herbs known for their pain-reducing abilities, such as turmeric, black pepper, Boswellia, and devil's claw. This combination may help provide significant relief from a variety of inflammatory conditions and the pain that accompanies them.

[Editor's Note: New Roots Herbal makes a Joint Pain Relief formula with the ingredients mentioned here. You can learn more about it on their website or you can purchase it through Amazon.ca.]

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