Foods that fight pain

By: Health Local Staff Mar 07, 2012
Foods that fight pain

From migraines to osteoarthritis, there are foods that can help ease the pain of many afflictions.

Food can do more than just make you full and put weight onto your frame. Believe it or not, there are foods that can help ease the pain of many afflictions. For centuries, foods have been used as home remedies for various ailments. They offer a relatively natural solution to pain, without all of the side effects of prescription and OTC drugs.

Society has seemed to have forgotten that drugs weren’t always available, but people have always gotten sick. There had to be a way to deal with pain. People used what they had and undoubtedly, those very things still work today. Here are a few foods for you to keep in mind the next time you’re in pain. It couldn’t hurt you to try them, especially when you’re already hurting!

Ginger is good for relieving sore muscle, aching joints, stomach aches and colds. However, many fail to realize that it also fights inflammation. The compounds that are produced by ginger, known as gingerols, decrease the painful effects of osteoarthritis. Ginger extract injections are sometimes used to relieve pain in the knees. Cherries, celery and celery seeds all act as anti-inflammatory agents as well.

Many people try to stay away from caffeine; especially coffee. But coffee serves a wonderful purpose. The very caffeine that you are trying to avoid can help alleviate headaches. It’s exceptionally useful for those who suffer from migraines. Still, one should keep in mind that they shouldn’t become dependent on caffeine on a long-term basis. Doing so can lead to withdrawal headaches.

The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon are good in relieving the pain that is associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Of course, this isn’t surprising since they also aid in the reduction of inflammation. Aside from easing joint pain, these fats also make salmon a good remedy for upset stomachs.

For a sore, irritated or scratchy throat, sage is the way to go. By brewing the herb into a tea and sipping it, you can relieve the ailments of a sore throat. Clinical trials that were conducted by herbalists have found it to be as effective as any other remedy.

It’s safe to say that this list merely scratches the surface of all of the foods that can be used in an effort to relieve pain. The next time you have an ache or pain, take the time to do some research. You may find that exactly what you need, is somewhere in your kitchen.

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