Sucrose – The Unknown Analgesic?

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Sucrose – The Unknown Analgesic?

Sucrose in a suspended solution has been used as an option for infant pain relief for years, yet many of us have never heard of the idea of using it as a pain relief option. The reason for the pain reduction is unclear, but experts suggest that sugar naturally releases opioids. They also pose that stimulating the taste buds can induce a feeling of comfort.

Sucrose is a disaccharide of glucose and fructose. (Disaccharides are one of the four chemical groupings of carbohydrates (monosaccharides, disaccharides, oligosaccharides, and polysaccharides)). Sucrose is commonly known as table sugar. It is produced naturally from plants like sugar cane and beets and then refined.

An oral sucrose suspension works as a mild analgesic, effective in decreasing short-term pain and nervousness during minor procedures. It is also natural and much safer to use on infants and even newborns than other pain control choices. For this reason alone it is a go-to for hospitals and doctors.

Why Not Choose Sucrose for Pain Relief as an Adult?

We all love sugar. We know that eating something sweet releases feel-good endorphins, but as a choice for ongoing pain relief in adults, it has its drawbacks. Sugar can lead to extra weight gain, cavities, cravings, candida overgrowth, and withdrawal if you consume too much of it on a regular basis and choose to stop.

The other even bigger issues are that it has been found that sugar can cause inflammation to worsen in people experiencing pain due to inflammation, compounding the problem.  Along with that, it has been proven through scientific research that cancer cells feed off sugar. That’s one pandora’s box no one wants to push open.

It’s no wonder sugar is so addicting if it naturally stimulates opioid receptors in the brain. All in all though, despite the pain relief factor it seems like the best idea for all of us adults to use sucrose and other sugars in moderation and stick with natural things like turmeric, bromelain, willow bark, as well as pharmaceutical OTC pain relievers and if necessary, prescription level pain relievers.

The very best source of pain control and management is to find the source and help heal and eliminate it. Chiropractic care can help you do just that. We now also offer CBD oil in office to our patients!

Interested to learn more? We have tons of information on our site and would love to see you in our office for an appointment.

Chiropractor | Nutritionist in Ft Myers, FL

Fort Myers Chiropractor, Dr. Jason B. KasterChiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Add to that, nutritional recommendations that can help your body heal itself. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent it as soon as possible?

Dr. Jason B. Kaster, a chiropractor in Fort Myers can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.


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