Managing Chronic Pain with Complementary Medicine | The emerging role of Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA)

PEA supplementation reduced pain intensity scores in patients with chronic pain

Acting as the body’s internal protective mechanism, adequate levels of palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) are required for effective management of pain and inflammation1. Synthesised within the body from palmitic acid2, this master molecule is a naturally occurring fatty acid mediator found in many tissues, including the brain, spinal cord, muscle, skin, blood, liver, and gastrointestinal system3. Small amounts of PEA are also naturally present in a variety of plant and animal food sources4.

With powerful anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antimicrobial, immunomodulatory, and neuroprotective properties1, PEA is gaining popularity for its role in reducing pain, decreasing inflammation, and supporting overall health.

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