5 Foods That Help Fight Pain

Daily Health Solutions, Featured Article, Healthy Living
on April 1, 2012

Salmon. Omega-3 fats in salmon and other fatty fishes reduce inflammation-producing biochemicals, easing pain from arthritis and migraine headaches. Get two to four servings a week or at least 3,000 mg a day of fish oil supplements.

Tart cherry juice. Antioxidants called anthocyanins in cherries fight muscle and joint pain from strenuous exercise, osteoarthritis and gout. Doctors recommend 8 ounces of juice a day (available in the health food section of grocery stores).

Ginger. In one study, nearly two-thirds of patients with chronic knee pain reported less soreness and needed less pain medication after taking ginger extract. Get 2 to 3 teaspoons a day of powdered or fresh ginger root for relief. Prefer your ginger in tea? Make ginger tea by simmering sliced fresh ginger in water for 15 to 20 minutes. For turmeric tea, simmer 1 tablespoon of ground turmeric in water for about 10 minutes. Strain; add honey and lemon to taste.

Dark leafy greens. Spinach, Swiss chard and green lettuces are rich in muscle-relaxing magnesium, which relieves post-exercise pain, fibromyalgia and migraines. A therapeutic dose is 500mg per day. (A cup of cooked Swiss chard or spinach contains 150mg.)

Turmeric. Used in India to relieve pain and swelling, this spice has been shown to inhibit the destruction of joints from arthritis. You need 2 or 3 teaspoons of powdered turmeric daily; add to dishes, take as capsules or brew into a tea.