8 Foods That help to Fight Pain
1- Virgin Olive Oil
Do you feel that peppery tingle in the back of your throat? It’s a compound called oleocanthal, and it works like ibuprofen. Extra virgin olive oil also contains fat that allows joints to slide smoothly and prevents cartilage from breaking down. This could help people with osteoarthritis. If you cook with olive oil, respect the low temperatures (less than 410 degrees) to lose none of its many benefits.
Peppermint oil relieves the cramps, gas and painful bloating that characterize irritable bowel syndrome. Peppermint tea is a good lollipop for occasional stomach aches. Early in the research, Brazilian mint tea (made from the plant Hyptnis crenata) was as effective as a prescription
3- Tart Cherries
In one study, runners who drank tart cherry juice 7 days before a race and race day (12 ounces, twice a day) had significantly less muscle pain than a
group that had drunk similar taste without natural juice. This could come from the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds present in the fruit.
The compound in the spice that gives the curry its bright orange-yellow
color can affect several processes in your body, including inflammation.
Studies of people with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis who were taking curcumin supplements showed that they could walk better without the side effects of taking medication. Black pepper can help your body absorb it, so try a spice mixture, soaked in ginger and honey, in a tea.
5- Pumpkin Seeds
Pepitas are an excellent source of magnesium, a mineral that can reduce the number of migraines you receive. It can also help prevent and treat osteoporosis. But despite what you’ve heard, it does not seem to stop cramps in the legs at night. For more magnesium, add almonds and cashews, dark green leafy vegetables (such as spinach and kale), beans and lentils to your diet.
Loaded with omega-3 anti-inflammatory fatty acids, salmon makes just about every “good for you” list. It is considered heart healthy and can relieve joint tenderness if you have rheumatoid arthritis. Other varieties of cold-water fish, including tuna, sardines, and mackerel, are also a good choice. However, avoid tilapia and catfish: higher levels of omega-6 fatty acids may promote inflammation.
A staple of traditional medicine, this pungent root is probably best known for its anti-nausea, soothing properties for the stomach. But ginger can also fight pain, including painful joints caused by arthritis and menstrual cramps. One study showed that ginger capsules and over-the-counter anti-
inflammatories like ibuprofen were effective at relieving pain during the endangered period.
These juicy little gems contain a lot of phytonutrients that can fight inflammation and relieve pain. If it is not the berry season, frozen blueberries may contain the same or even more nutrients than fresh fruit.
Other fruits containing antioxidants and polyphenols, including strawberries and oranges may have a similar soothing effect.