5 Healing Foods to Fight Pain

Chronic pain can be so persistent that mind-body approaches and even pharmaceutical interventions may not be enough to provide relief.  Alternative therapies include incorporating foods with anti-inflammatory benefits into your diet.  The foods on this list are all components of a healthy diet, so eating them will be beneficial to your well-being and possibly provide pain relief.

  1. Coffee
    Some research has shown that low doses of caffeine (about the amount in one standard cup of coffee) can help diminish the sensitivity to pain during an uncomfortable and fatiguing task.
  1. Olive Oil
    People who consume a Mediterranean diet (which is rich in olive oil) tend to have fewer health conditions related to inflammation, thus implying the anti-inflammatory benefits of the healthy fat.  It is believed that extra-virgin olive oil may actually contain compounds related to ibuprofen, making it a fabulous component of the daily management strategy for those living with pain.
  1. Red Grapes
    Resveratrol, a chemical thought to have anti-inflammatory benefits, is found in red grapes.  Laboratory studies have demonstrated that resveratrol can stop some cells in the body from responding to inflammation signals, suggesting that it could potentially support pain relief.
  1. Ginger
    Ginger is commonly recommended to ease nausea, but laboratory studies have found that it contains inflammation-fighting compounds.
  1. Salmon
    Salmon is a great addition to any diet.  It is a deep-sea fish that contains a wealth of omega-3 fatty acids, a component that is believed to have many health benefits including lessening inflammation.  In addition, salmon also contains calcitonin, which has been shown in clinical studies to reduce inflammation in the joints and may shield the body against pain from osteoarthritis.

In addition to these five foods, there are many others that may aid in pain relief.  Notably, turmeric and thyme are two spices that have been found to have anti-inflammatory benefits.  To reap the benefits, try adding them to your sauces, soups, or stews! In addition, oranges are tart cherries are great fruits to add to your diet to help reduce the risk of anti-inflammatory conditions.  These can also be consumed in juice form, so drink up!

Always consult your physician before starting a diet or exercise program.

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