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10 Foods That Fight Pain

Chronic pain can really deter you from doing even your routine activities. Anyone who suffers from any kind of chronic pain can surely tell you how difficult it is sometimes to get up from the bed in the morning because back or knee or neck has ‘pins’ in it.

And while pain pills reduce suffering, they can be addictive and produce side effects. Worse, they often fail to eliminate the true cause of the pain.

But there is an alternative, and it’s right in your kitchen. Certain foods ease aches by fighting inflammation, blocking pain signals, and even healing underlying disease.

Here are ten foods that research suggests may actually help reduce pain. Just include these in your diet and see the difference.

1. Olive oil

Olive oil is like liquid gold or elixir when it comes to fighting pain. It is rich in antioxidant polyphenols that help reduce common pain-causing mechanism in the body. Olive oil is also a good substitute for butter, which is high in saturated fat, that erodes bone strength and trigger pain. But use it carefully as it has 120 calories per tablespoon.

2. Cherries

Compounds in cherries called anthocyanins—the same phytonutrients that give cherries their rich ruby hue—are powerful antioxidants that work in two ways to tamp down pain. They block inflammation and they inhibit pain enzymes, just like aspirin, naproxen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories.

3. Ginger

This spicy root is a traditional stomach soother, easing seasickness and nausea. It’s believed to work by breaking up intestinal gas and possibly blocking a receptor in the gut that induces vomiting. But there are good reasons to eat ginger even when you’re not doubled over. Another natural aspirin impersonator and anti-inflammatory, it can offer relief from migraines, arthritis pain, and muscle aches.

There are plenty of ways to include ginger in your diet. Add it grated into Asian dishes, smoothies, and juice. Or make ginger tea by placing sliced, peeled gingerroot in boiling water and letting it steep for 15 minutes. For ginger lemonade, combine grated gingerroot, lemon juice, and honey with ice water.

4. Salmon and mackerel

Salmon is rich in pain-busting omega-3 fatty acids and a great source of another pain fighter: vitamin D. Other fish rich in omega 3 is mackerel, but it is harmful for people having uric acid problems. So it’s best to stick to salmon.

5. Nuts

Almonds, walnuts are great source of omega 3 fatty acids and anti oxidants that help in pain control. Add these nuts to your salad or just munch on a handful as an afternoon snack.

6. Garlic

Garlic is a powerful medicinal food with excellent pain relieving properties, thanks to its content of capsaicin.

This makes it suitable for all types of pain, whether it’s muscular pain, dental pain, or a headache.

7. Turmeric

Garlic is a powerful medicinal food with excellent pain relieving properties, thanks to its content of capsaicin.

This makes it suitable for all types of pain, whether it’s muscular pain, dental pain, or a headache.
Sprinkle turmeric on salad dressings, soups, cooked grains, and vegetables. Or get an even heftier dose by taking a turmeric supplement.

8. Strawberries

Strawberries are full of vitamin C, an antioxidant with powerful pain-reducing properties, according to research. Some studies suggest vitamin C may help people experience less pain after breaking a bone or having orthopedic surgery.

9. Greens

Greens like spinach, amaranth, fenufreek leaves, argula not only have high iron content, but are horders of Vitamin K that helps maintain strong bones and healthy joints. A study shows that older adults with ample blood levels of K were less likely to develop osteoarthritis, compared to a low-in-K control group. However, Vitamin K also helps with blood clotting, so if you’re taking blood thinners, check with your doc before boosting your K intake.

10. Yogurt

You might not believe, but dairy products like yogurt and cheese can help reduce pain. They contain two bone-building nutrients – calcium and vitamin D. Vitamin D can diminish chronic pain according to research findings.

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