5 Pain-Fighting Foods

GingerWe often experience pain whether it’s because of migraines, back pain, joint pain, arthritis and many other possible causes.

Pain is usually a symptom of inflammation to which your body will react.

According to specialists, pain is beneficial because it triggers immune responses set to heal and prevent infection.

But what is the solution when pain becomes unmanageable?

Though drugs can help treat and manage chronic pain and inflammation, what you eat can actually help, too. From cherries to green tea, here are five foods that may help provide relief.

Ginger

This spice has been used for centuries to treat everything from colds to upset stomach but a recent study points out that it can also reduce muscle pain after exercise by 25 percent. The active ingredient in ginger is known as gingerol. This is a potent phytonutrient believed to supply these pain-relieving properties.

The same study points out that ginger might be just as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin and ibuprofen to treat postexercise soreness. The best way to introduce ginger in your diet is by adding it in a minced form to vegetables or a stir-fry.

You can also enjoy its benefits in tea by placing sliced fresh ginger in a tea ball and immersing it in hot water for 10 minutes, then adding honey for sweetness as needed.

Salmon

You may already know that the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon maintain your heart healthy because they have anti-inflammatory properties. Nonetheless, salmon is also good because it can also fight inflammation in other parts of your body and therefore make pain more manageable.

In a study done by the American College of Sports Medicine, fish oils, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, were shown to reduce joint tenderness in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and reduce the production of pro-inflammatory substances.

Cherries

These fruits can help reduce pain through the presence of a phytonutrient called anthocyanins, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They are great when you aim to fight inflammation related to arthritis, heart disease and cancer. The pain relief properties of cherries will neutralize free radicals that contribute to inflammation and also by blocking the enzymes that cause tissue inflammation.

A great way to introduce them in your diet is by eating them fresh or frozen. They can also be added to an oatmeal or trail mix.

Olive oil

This is another anti-inflammatory, pain-busting food which will certainly help with long-term relief of pain and inflammation. According to the research conducted at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, oleocanthal, a compound that can be found in extra-virgin olive oil, can act similar to the way NSAIDs do, warding off pain.

Green tea

This is a well-established superfood because it has been shown to relief many types of pain especially the one caused by arthritis. The potent compound found in green tea is the EGCG. The latter has been shown to block the production of molecules that can damage cartilage and bone, so it can help to alleviate arthritis pain.

The daily recommended dose of green tea is that of one to three cups per day.



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