In 1972, scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine discovered that the human brain produces chemicals that closely resemble morphine, the powerful painkiller. They named these newly discovered substances endorphins. Studies with laboratory animals found that the endorphins were incredibly effective. An endorphin called beta- endorphin was 18 to 50 times stronger than morphine. And dynorphin was apparently 500 times more powerful!
Scientists quickly theorized that the human body makes these tremendous natural painkillers to "mask" routine or unnecessary pain. It was further postulated that the internal painkillers are useful in masking chronic pain such as the pain in case of arthritis.
Like everything else in the body, the endorphin system is balanced. The body makes endorphins, and "endorphin-eaters" to destroy them. The problem is that the endorphin-eaters get the upper hand in many people who suffer from chronic pain. They destroy the endorphins and prevent the internal painkillers from masking chronic pain.
Fortunately, a way to protect the endorphins was quickly discovered. The substance was a simple nutritional amino acid called dl- phenylalanine (DLPA). DLPA is not a drug. It does not block pain. DLPA protects the endorphins from the endorphin-eaters, helping to restore the body's ability to deal with pain. Phenylalanine is found in fish, chicken, eggs and other foods.
Studies have shown that DLPA effectively blocks arthritis pain and joint inflammation in many patients. It is much safer than the standard arthritis medications and considerably less expensive in the long run. Best of all, it is long-lasting. Whereas standard anti-pain and anti-arthritis drugs last for several hours, DLPA can continue quelling pain for up to four or five days.
Dosage: Begin with 750 mg of DLPA at breakfast and at lunch. If necessary , a third dose at mid-day may be added.
For some people a combination of DLPA and aspirin is beneficial. They work well together. Taking one coated aspirin (325 mg) in the morning helps to strengthen DLPA's effects.
It takes anywhere from two days to three weeks for DLPA to take effect.
Caution: Do not take DLPA if you are pregnant or is breast feeding. Pregnant or lactating women should not expose the fetus or newborn to anything except their normal diet. Anyone suffering from the genetic disease phenylketonuria (PKU), or anyone on a phenylalanine-restricted diet should not take DLPA. Do not use DLPA for children under the age of 14.
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