Everyone knows that eating healthy foods can improve the overall health of the body, but did you know that certain foods can actually help fight pain? If you want to reduce the level of pain in your life from inflammation, muscle aches, and general daily pain, consider adding some of these six foods to your diet. With these foods you will feel better, more energized, and help increase the effectiveness of any pain medication you take on a regular or temporary basis.
Ginger: Ginger is typically used to settle stomach pain and nausea. Ginger also has a painkilling effect on the body. Ginger can block one of the enzymes responsible for causing inflammation. Ginger is also used as an ovarian cancer treatment in some cases. Take about 3 teaspoons per day for a pain-fighting effect that you can really feel. If you want to simply use grated, fresh ginger, add it to your food and drinks throughout the day.
Red Grapes: Red grapes are good for many different things, such as containing massive amounts of anti-oxidants. Grapes also contain resveratrol, which helps block the enzymes that cause tissue to degenerate. Because of its regenerative effects, red grapes are beneficial in reducing back pain, reducing heart disease, and feeling many other minor aches and pains throughout the day. A daily glass of wine is extremely beneficial for managing bone and joint pain.
Cherries: Did you know that cherries are not just delicious, they also prevent pain! Cherries contain anthocyanins, which are effective at relieving pain. In one study, eating 45 cherries a day for a month showed significant reduction in inflammation and pain. Cherries in pill form are now available as a dietary supplement.
Turmeric: Turmeric is a yellow spice often used in Indian and Asian cooking. Turmeric is an inflammation-reducing ingredient. One study showed that the consumption of turmeric daily can reduce the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Olive Oil: The beneficial properties of olive oil are widely known. Olive oil is good for heart health, clear skin, and much more. As a pain reliever, olive oil contains oleocanthal, which is the same ingredient found in NSAID drugs. The main benefit of olive oil is to reduce the effects of prostaglandins, which create inflammation and pain in the body.
Coffee: Caffeine can actually help reduce pain as well. A little bit of coffee each day (no more than 3-4 cups) can actually reduce post-workout pain by 50 percent. Coffee also stimulates the brain making it function more effectively overall.
Natural painkillers are not simply wild herbs that mask pain symptoms. The foods you eat can have a noticeable effect on the pain that you feel. For more information about pain management, both natural and medical, the Pain Management and Injury Relief (PMIR) medical center can help you determine the right way to manage your pain. When you eat the correct foods and take the right medicine, your pain problems will become manageable so you can get back to daily life and stop living in pain.
This is a guest post by Marianne Ross, a freelance writer. She shares her health-related advices on various blogs.