Ibuprofen has reached amazing acceptance and is used for treating headaches, sore muscles, to reduce fever, and for plenty of other ailments. In small doses, it works wonders on various aches and pains. But when taken consistently in large doses, well that’s another story.
Here’s How Ibuprofen Works in Your Body
Ibuprofen reduces inflammation and pain by blocking the production of prostaglandins. It’s how all NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen) work. Prostaglandins signal your body to send more white blood cells to a damaged area. This increases blood flow and contributes to the swelling, redness and pain you feel. NSAIDs impede prostaglandins from sending out those signals.
But reducing the number of prostaglandins in your body also results in side effects that are harmful to the kidneys and stomach. Now more recent studies on the effect of NSAIDs are opening eyes about other potential harmful problems.
An Ibuprofen and Infertility Study
A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that regular use of ibuprofen may lead to hypogonadism, a condition that can lead to infertility, erectile dysfunction, and loss of bone and muscle mass. For guys, that just doesn’t sound good at all.
The lead author of this study previously discovered infertility and testicular development impairments in boys born to mothers who took ibuprofen during their first trimester of pregnancy. This a follow up study as researchers try to figure out why male infertility, which affects about 7% of American men, continues to grow.
How the Study Was Done
In this new study, researches directly tested the effect of ibuprofen on testicles using samples taken from organ donors. They found that when exposed to levels of ibuprofen commonly taken by athletes for pain management, 600 mg twice a day (a dosage also routinely taken by men and women for headache, backache and other aches and pains), the samples produced less testosterone after just 24 hours. And the impact was more dramatic the longer the level of exposure.
Another part of the same research was done on 31 athletic men between 18 and 35. Fourteen athletes took 600 mg of ibuprofen twice a day for 2 weeks, the others took a placebo. The athletes in the ibuprofen group were more likely to have indications of testicular problems, including hypogonadism – confirming what the lab portion of the study also found.
What the Researchers Said
“We report a univocal depression of important aspects of testicular function, including testosterone production, after use of over-the-counter ibuprofen. The study shows that ibuprofen use results in selective transcriptional repression of endocrine cells in the human testis. This repression results in the elevation of the stimulatory pituitary hormones, resulting in a state of compensated hypogonadism, a disorder associated with adverse reproductive and physical health disorders.”
This was a small study and more research needs to be done. But given all the studies that have come out on the side effects of overusing ibuprofen, why take the chance?
Here’s What You Can Do
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to tissue damage. Neurological research supports the importance of inflammation in the healing process. Normal inflammatory response is critical to healing as it prevents the spread of tissue damage and allows your body to dispose of cell debris and pathogens, which then gets cells ready to heal.
Developed using the very latest nutraceutical science, Novo Renew creates an ideal balance for better joint health. It calms inflammation while still allowing a normal inflammatory response. It helps your body repair damaged tissues and aids in elimination of metabolic waste. The result is your body repairs without interference and you feel renewed energy.
Do your body a favor – kick the ibuprofen habit!
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