There is food for pleasure then there is food for sustenance, but have you heard of foods that reduce pain?
While your taste buds always crave for that amazing sensation there is more to food than just taste. Many researches have proved that food can be used to combat pain at different levels. Let us talk about ten such foods.
Ten Foods That Combat Pain
Cherries: A recent study says that tart cherry extract is ten times more effective in relieving pain than aspirin. While this is true for sour cherries, sweet cherries are also considered beneficial.
Ginger: Ginger isn't just for sore throat and upset stomach; it contains rich inflammation-fighting compounds which soothe sore muscles. The recommended dosage of ginger is 500 to 1,000 milligrams a day.
Turmeric: While talking about home-remedies, there is no way we can forget turmeric. Turmeric is a more effective anti-inflammatory than steroids. This is mainly because of curcumin in turmeric which suppresses pain with similar mechanism as some of the painkillers.
Salmon: Salmon is really good for inflammatory joints and troubled stomach. The Omega-3 fatty acids present in salmon help reduce pains in general and specifically the pain due to rheumatoid arthritis.
Coffee: Studies have shown that around 200 milligrams of caffeine can provide relief from headaches. It can also help with migraine. It should be kept in mind that dependency on caffeine can do more harm than good.
Walnuts: Don't be surprised to find walnuts on our list. The high amount of Omega-3 in walnuts does the same thing as salmon. So if you don't eat salmon, here is your alternative.
Flax seeds: Flax seeds have a lot of fatty acids which help in pain relief. Cooking in flax seed oil on the other hand is not advisable as it has opposite effect and can cause irritation and pain.
Celery: Celery as well as celery seeds has more than twenty anti-inflammatory compounds. Apigenin present in celery is very powerful in its anti-inflammatory action. Celery can be used in stews and soups.
The berry family: Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries contain anti-pain compound. These berries taste fabulous and are as effective as cherries in pain relief.
Sage: It is good for sore throat. If your throat feels scratchy or irritable, sipping tea made of brewed sage leaves helps.
So this is our list of ten foods that fight pain! Did we miss anything? What do you use to combat pain at home?
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