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Five Foods that Fight Pain

by | Jun 14, 2012 | Nutrition | 0 comments

What is one easy way to lessen aches and pains? Eat! The following foods have proven to fight pain:

Salmon and other fatty fishes have Omega-3 fats that reduce the biochemicals that produce inflammation. Two to four servings a week, or at least 3,000 mg a day of fish oil supplements can help ease pain from arthritis and migraine headaches.

The cherries in tart cherry juice have the antioxidants known as anthocyanins that fight muscle and joint pain from exercise, osteoarthritis and gout. Eight ounces of juice a day is the recommended dose.

The spice turmeric, used in India to relieve pain and swelling, has been shown to hinder the destruction of joints from arthritis. For a healthy intake, use 2 or 3 teaspoons of turmeric daily (added to dishes), take as capsules, or brew into tea.

One study projected that the intake of ginger lessened soreness in patients with chronic knee pain. Have 2 or 3 teaspoons a day of powdered or fresh ginger root for pain relief.

Lastly, dark leafy greens such as spinach, Swiss chard and green lettuces are rich in muscle-relaxing magnesium, relieving pain from exercise, fibromyalgia and migraines. A therapeutic dose consists of 500 mg per day.

There you have it, the five foods that fight pain!





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