When we get headaches or other pains, most of us don’t think twice about taking a small dose of over-the-counter painkillers. These drugs usually take care of the immediate problem, but we don’t often think about how they could be affecting our bodies in the long term.

But one drug can be toxic for the heart muscle, making it especially dangerous for people over 40. The most shocking part: it’s so common, most people have in their medicine cabinets.

Ibuprofen is a commonly used painkiller, but it can cause major heart problems over time. 


In 2015, the FDA strengthened the warnings on ibuprofen, cautioning that a heart attack or stroke can occur even in the first few weeks of using the drug, making it especially risky for people over 40.

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Luckily, there’s a safer, more natural way to relieve your pain. Turmeric is a plant native to Asia that has extraordinary healing powers.


Often found in powder form, this spice is loaded with polyphenols and has been used in Eastern medicine for centuries. It has a spicy, earthy taste that can be added into a variety of recipes.

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One recipe that will help alleviate your pain and improve your overall health is turmeric tea: mix 1 tbsp turmeric powder, 1 cup honey, and the juice from 1 lemon, then mix with warm water or tea.

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This recipe is just one idea, but there are many others out there, so experiment with this versatile spice and find the ones you like the best! Consuming turmeric on a regular basis is a good idea overall, and it’s a much better alternative to potentially harmful ibuprofen.

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