Monday, January 2, 2012

Eat Certain Foods To Fight Pain

AARP's Beth Howard quoted nutritionist Beth Reardon as saying, "What we eat has a dramatic impact on levels of pain in the body."

Foods rich in resveratrol (stalls tissue degeneration) such as red grapes, blueberries, cranberries or red wine have been found to protect against cartilage damage that causes back pain.

Omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fish such as salmon, Atlantic mackerel, sardines or trout not only help your heart but also relieve inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis, migraines and some autoimmune diseases.

Ginger is a great painkiller because it blocks an enzyme that is a major component of the inflammatory process.

Cherries can be pain-fighting because of their high amount of antioxidants, particularly in those people suffering from arthritis.

Soy protein has helped patients' reduce the amount of their pain medication by half.

Coffee enhances the effects of common painkillers such as aspirin and acetaminophen.

So slow down on the meds and speed up on eating foods that give you some pain relief.

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