Foods that soothe pain
by Amaka Obi
Pain is the body’s internal warning system; it alerts you when something is wrong and it is definitely something we cannot afford to ignore. Research by hellofood.com suggests that food, really, is the best medicine when it comes to pain.
The following are some food options you could include in your diet to ease your aches.
1) Take pineapple for arthritis: A natural enzyme found in pineapples, bromelain, is reputed to help in the reduction of arthritis pain and inflammation.
2) Treat sore muscles with ginger: Ginger is an ideal food that makes a huge impact on the health of a person. Ginger contains antioxidants known as gingerols, which have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Ginger isn’t just nutritious but it’s also very tasty.
3) Tackle period cramps with nuts, mackerel: A study found that women with the highest intakes of riboflavin from foods such as almonds are less likely to develop premenstrual syndrome and cramps. Fish is excellent for PMS cramps, as it is the richest source of Vitamin D, which has been shown to decrease cramps and breast tenderness by up to 40 per cent.
4) Take cherries for aching joints: Research suggests that eating cherries may be as effective as taking pain killers such as ibuprofen to reduce pain.
Turmeric contains a compound, curcumin, which eases pain as well as ibuprofen does in people with arthritis. (Source: Punch Newspaper)
So you can actually eat your way to a pain free life!
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