A very frequent ingredient commonly used in traditional medicine, ginger is a root that is pungent in nature, it is well known for its stomach soothing and anti-nausea properties. Apart from these known uses it can also combat pain, menstrual cramps and ache in muscles after a workout. A recent study found that ginger is equally effective as ibuprofen for the relief of period pain.
Blueberries are rich in phytonutrients that can lessen pain and reduce inflammation. If out of the season, frozen berries can also be used as they have even more nutrients than the fresh ones. Other berries from the same family as strawberries and oranges can also have the same effects.
A rich source of magnesium, responsible for reducing migraines. Pumpkin seeds can also treat and prevent osteoporosis. To increase the intake of magnesium, addition of nuts like cashews, almonds and green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale can also be added to the diet.
Highly rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon can be a very healthy addition to one’s diet. Responsible for improving the health of the heart and rheumatoid arthritis by reducing joint tenderness. Other major sources of omega-3 include sardines, tuna and cold-water fish.
A bright colored spice that is widely used in curry is responsible for reducing inflammation as well as affecting various processes of the body. Some studies have shown that people suffering from arthritis found that they could function easily after taking supplements of curcumin.
TART CHERRY JUICE
A study revealed that runners who had tart cherry juice daily for a week experienced a reduction in pain of muscles compared to another group of runners who drank a beverage with no natural juice present in it. This was because of the anti-inflammatory properties of the fruit because of the presence of antioxidants.
VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Olive oil contains a compound called oleocanthal that work just like ibuprofen. It also contains lubricin which helps the joints slide smoothly and protects the cartilage, especially beneficial for people with osteoarthritis.
Capsaicin a compound present in chilies responsible for giving them their heat has painkilling properties. Research shows consuming hot peppers can help prevent and reduce inflammation. The internal burning also makes the brain release endorphins responsible for blocking signal of pain.
Peppermint oil can be used as a soother for occasional stomach upset and is also helpful in relieving painful cramps, gas, and bloating that may be related to irritable bowel syndrome. In early research, Brazilian mint tea has been found to be as effective as a prescription painkiller.
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Reference: 10 Foods That Fight Pain (2016, June 1)