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Restless Leg Syndrome is the expensive name for that problem you might have with kicking the other person in your bed or simply kicking off the covers when you don't even realize what's happening.
The good news is that RLS is NOT a reason for a divorce. It's a treatable problem. But if you take allergy medications, your spouse might wonder WHAT is going on in your head! Allergy meds might make you kick more often and harder as you sleep!
Doctors at Johns Hopkins University say that the connection between allergy medications and RLS "is that histamine receptors - proteins found on the surface of some cells that are triggered by histamine in the brain - work to modulate nerve responses. When activated, histamine receptors stimulate alertness or wakefulness."
So far, the solution is to minimize the allergens around you. Get rid of what causes your allergic symptoms. Then you can reduce your medication.
Guess what those JHU docs figured out about reducing arthritis pain?
GRAPE POWDER ALLEVIATES JOINT INFLAMMATION
The simple explanation: grapes have something that causes "antihyperalgesic effects... [in] joint inflammation." It's called flavonoids. They seem to have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Yep, simple grape powder or grapes alone seem to be better at reducing pain than the nonsteroidal drug Meloxicam.
A combination of grape powder and painkiller meloxicam seems to lower pain even more and to reduce the knee swelling associated with inflammation.
"I think there are two important messages here," says Jasenka Borzan, Ph.D., a research associate in anesthesiology at Hopkins. "That consuming flavonoids through natural products like grapes can be beneficial to health in general and also specifically for reducing inflammatory pain; and that consuming natural products like grapes may also be beneficial in reducing the amount of medication necessary to reduce inflammation."
CURRY SPICE AND PARKINSON'S DISEASE?
Once again, those western-medicine oriented JHU professionals learned that another natural solution to a human problem exists in the kitchen cupboard: Curcumin, also called the curry spice turmeric, has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. That prevents oxidative damage damage caused by oxygen and inflammation implicated in the nerve cell death associated with Parkinson's disease. JHU researchers have shown in a laboratory model of Parkinson's disease that curcumin protects cells from dying.
"These results suggest that curcumin is a potential candidate for inhibiting the oxidative damage that leads to Parkinson's disease," says Wanli Smith, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Hopkins. "This common curry spice could be a weapon to protect the brain."
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