Millions of people live with pain every day in the U.S. These effects of pain cause people to alter their daily routines. Pain management can also add a tremendous level of financial burden to one’s life as well. Many researchers are looking at food as another way to help manage pain the body. There are many foods that can help in the fight pain. Take a look at incorporating a few of these anti-inflammatory foods for fighting pain and reducing inflammation in the body that causes pain.
Coffee – One cup of black coffee can provide relief from a headache and provide more antioxidants than a serving of berries. Some research has shown drinking coffee may reduce the risk of some cancers.
Cherries – Cherries help reduce inflammation by neutralizing free radicals in the body to stop tissue inflammation. Cherries with deep red color have inflammatory properties like aspirin.
Olive Oil – Olive oil helps reduce the risk of strokes and some cancers. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory which can be compared to over the counter pain medication.
Sage – Sage can reduce swelling and increase memory.
Ginger – Ginger has been used for 1000s of years and is an anti-inflammatory that can be added to foods and teas.
Green Tea – There are several medicinal purposes for green tea. It is an excellent source of polyphenols which can help reduce free radicals in the body which cause inflammation.
Salmon – Salmon contains fatty acids which can help lubricate joints in the body. The Omega-3s in Salmon are an excellent source of proteins and antioxidants.
Cayenne – The oily compound in cayenne and pepper is the active ingredient in many prescription and over the counter creams for arthritis and muscle pain.
Cinnamon – Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial elements.
Cloves – Cloves are ranked very high as an antioxidant that can fight the CoX-2 protein that spurs inflammation. They can also boost protection from heart disease to stave off cancer and reduce cartilage and bone dame caused by arthritis.
Turmeric – Turmeric helps clear carcinogens away before they can damage cellular DNA and repair damaged DNA. It is considered a top agent to fight cancer.
Garlic – Proven to contain anti-inflammatory properties.
Soy – Soy has been shown to reduce knee pain. It contains plant proteins rich with anti-inflammatory properties.
Pineapple – Research is showing the bromelain from pineapple may defend against osteoarthritis and can help improve symptoms.
At North Atlanta Spine and Pain Care, we believe in helping patients manage their pain and incorporate a healthy lifestyle. Just ask Dr. Jonathan Newton to review your case and offer some of the latest pain management options available to help restore you back to a healthy lifestyle.