WHAT IS PALMITOYLETHANOLAMIDE?
PEA is a natural, protective, fatty molecule produced in our body, and in animals and plants. PEA can be found in food such as meat, eggs, soy beans and peanuts.
Nobel Prize winner Levi-Montalcini identified PEA as a naturally occurring molecule, describing its
value in treating chronic infections and pains. Following her discovery, hundreds of scientific studies have been carried out to show that it is very effective and safe to use. PEA is described in scientific writings as a natural painkiller.
WHAT DOES PEA DO IN OUR BODY?
PEA is a fatty acid amide molecule involved in a variety of cellular functions in chronic pain and
inflammation. It has been shown to have neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, anti-nociceptive (antipain) and anti-convulsant properties. Often in people with chronic disorders, the body does not
produce enough PEA, which causes problems. Taking PEA to supplement the body’s shortage is may be beneficial if you have chronic and neuropathic pain and inflammation, as has been demonstrated in clinical trials. These include peripheral neuropathies such as diabetic neuropathy, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatic pain, osteoarthritis, low-back pain, failed back surgery syndrome, dental pains, neuropathic pain in stroke and multiple sclerosis, chronic regional pain syndrome, chronic pelvic pain, postherpetic neuralgia, and vaginal pains.
WHO SHOULD TAKE A SUPPLEMENT OF PEA?
Anyone with a painful or chronic health disorder, even if you are taking medication for these
complaints, as it has been shown to enhance the effect of medication. People who react to or find no benefit with anti-neuropathic or anti-convulsant drugs for nerve pain may benefit from PEA, this has been shown in large studies for sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
There are no known problematic side-effects. PEA can be taken together with any other substance. It enhances the pain-relieving effect of classic analgesics and anti-inflammatories. Palmitoylethanolamide can be used in combination with other substances without any side effects.
HOW DO I TAKE PEA SUPPLEMENT?
PEA is available in capsule form and as a topical cream. Best results are achieved if taken by mouth for 2-3 months, and used in conjunction with the cream. Palmitoylethanolamide capsules support the nerves from within, while the PEA cream calms the nerves on the skin. It is readily available at our pharmacy now.
ACPHARM Queensland have PEA capsules and cream available in our online store
For research articles relating to PEA please click here.