Researchers at Ohio State University have found that synthetic antioxidants may be the future of pain relief. Using laboratory mice, they found that a painkiller created using the substances was successfully able to eliminate pain-like behavior in the hind paws of three quarters of those tested.
“When it comes to pain killers, there aren’t many choices between over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen and aspirin and prescription opiates like morphine,” said lead author Robert Stephens. “We need drugs that fall somewhere between these two extremes. Someone suffering from chronic pain can become dependent on, or even addicted to, heavy-duty pain killers like morphine.”
The benefits of antioxidant supplements, such as Ultimate Reds from Dr. Newton’s Naturals, have been documented in the past, and include improved immune function, healthier skin and a better overall sense of well-being. This study continues to add to the growing list of potential benefits of regular intake.
Though the painkilling effects of antioxidants is a relatively new field, Stephens and his colleagues hope their research spurns further studies into how they may be used as alternatives to what is currently available.