Here are nine foods that research suggests may actually help reduce pain.
This is another almost miracle food when it comes to pain relief. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin is a super anti-inflammatory compound that protects the body from tissue destruction, and inflammation while encouraging an improved function of the nerve cells. This spice is so powerful that you don’t even need to take a great deal of it to get some serious pain relief. Turmeric should be mixed with a fat so that your body can absorb it more easily. Simply mix one tablespoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and drink one glass each day for unbeatable pain and inflammation relief.
Salmon and other fatty fish contain high levels of pain relieving omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is also one of a few sources of vitamin D, which has also been shown in studies to be linked to lower levels of pain. Several studies have also shown that the omega-3 fatty acids that are found in this cold water fatty fish can protect the body from rheumatoid arthritis. It can even help to mitigate the severity of the disease for those already afflicted.
Green tea is natural food item which has the properties of fighting against such elements which are responsible for developing chronic pain mostly in the joints. It contains a natural compound called EGCG which reduces the production of chemicals in the body which decreases the immunity by damaging the cartilage which is very essential for the bones. It helps the immune system and produces the substances which reduce the inflammation caused by the response of the body for the injuries. Especially it is very effective in healing chronic back pain and chronic neck pain. It also contains antioxidants and hence is a super food helpful for the treatment of chronic pain.
These green leaves have high iron content as well as vitamin K that help maintain strong bones and healthy joints. A study has shown that older people who have adequate amounts of vitamin K are less likely to develop osteoarthritis compared with those who have vitamin K deficiency.
Due to its antioxidant properties, fenugreek can also reduce chronic inflammation and swelling. Chronic inflammation is often associated with joint pain, heart disease, dementia and sometimes cancer. By reducing inflammation, fenugreek may reduce the risk of various chronic illnesses and cancers.
You may not believe it, but regular intake of dairy products like yogurt can help reduce chronic pain. Yogurt contains two bone-building nutrients – calcium and vitamin D. Vitamin D can reduce chronic pain, while calcium strengthens the bones and muscles.
Choose yogurt with probiotics or beneficial microorganisms. These microorganisms help control inflammation, and therefore pain. When buying yogurt, choose one with ‘live and active cultures.
6.CAYENNE, CHILE, AND OTHER HOT PEPPERS
If you can handle the heat, there are a variety of hot peppers that can ease your pains. The key pain-fighting ingredient in hot peppers is capsaicin. Capsaicin releases a natural endorphin called “substance-P”, which is naturally released in your body when you sustain injury.
This spicy superfood depletes pain compounds to block pain signals, works as an antioxidant, and even lowers cholesterol. Capsaicin can be used topically, but it’s definitely not for the faint of heart, and takes some getting used to. Capsaicin can be beneficial for the pain associated with diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia, back pain, the post-herpetic neuralgia that follows shingles and cluster headaches.
Olive oil works like an aspirin or ibuprofen when it comes to fighting chronic pain. It is rich in antioxidant polyphenols that help reduce common pain-causing mechanisms in the body. It also contains a compound called oleocanthal that has strong anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce painful joint inflammation.
Regular consumption of olive oil also enhances physical functionality and vitality. You can use this oil in your regular cooking or as a massage oil to apply on the affected area. For best results, use extra virgin olive oil.
Fighting inflammation and pain doesn’t get much sweeter than this. Strawberries help to lower the levels of CRP (C-reactive protein) in the blood stream. CRP, especially high levels of it, has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. Strawberries (always organic, of course) also have a natural antioxidant, vitamin C, which has powerful pain reducing compounds. One of the great things about strawberries is that even frozen, they still have plenty of antioxidant power to go around. Get them any way you can, as long as it’s organic. Strawberries are always on the top of the dirty dozen list of contaminated produce.
One of the best ways to stop inflammation and the pain it causes is to consume more herbs and other foods that contain essential fatty acids. For at least 2,000 years, burdock root has been used to treat gout, rheumatism, and arthritis, all of which are fueled by inflammation. Burdock root also contains sterols, essential fatty acids, and tannins, which are all super anti-inflammatory compounds that can help you deal with chronic pain by stopping it at its source. Burdock root is most commonly consumed as a tea and can be found in most health food stores or online.