Many people nowadays suffer from chronic pain. It can be debilitating and prevent us from doing many everyday activities. We become addicted to numerous painkillers and in time, we start taking lots of them. Luckily, Mother Nature always has the right way to help us. We can intake many foods which are known to be anti-inflammatory, stop the pain and also improve our health.
Today, we’re presenting you 21 of the best foods that can help us prevent any type of inflammation!
It has already been proved that ginger is full of analgesic properties like many well-known painkillers. It is full of zingerone, shogaols, paradols and gingerlos which are especially good to help us decrease pain. This amazing root decreases the levels of prostaglandin in our body which is known to cause pain. Take from 500 to 1,000 mg every day. You can combine it with your food or just drink ginger tea.
2. Acai Juice
If you take 1 glass of acai juice every day, you’ll improve your blood antioxidants, but it will also help you treat joint pain. It’s a kind of berry that grows in the Amazon and it is filled with antioxidants. It is also known to detoxify our body, increase our levels of energy and help us lose weight!
According to some studies about headaches, we need about 200 mg of caffeine to help us against migraines and different types of headaches because it constricts our blood vessels. Still, we mustn’t take it in greater amounts since it might cause headaches if we want to cut back on it. Always consume coffee in moderation.
4. Olive oil
We are all aware that some experts refer to this oil as liquid gold. It contains antioxidant polyphenols which are especially helpful against pain. We can also take it instead of butter. Still, we need to use it moderately because it contains about 120 calories in 1 tablespoon.
Sage leaves which are brewed and made into tea can help us against painful throat. Numerous herbalists recommend it.
6. Walnuts and 7. Raw Almonds
According to many researches, walnuts are among the best superfoods that are good for our heart. Walnut oil as well as raw walnuts are full of Omega-3 fatty acids which we know are amazing against inflammation and pain. Raw almonds also contain these acids as well as different antioxidants that can help us against different kind of inflammation and pain. You can take them as snacks or just combine them in any salad or smoothie!
Arugula, amaranth, fenugreek leaves, spinach and many other greens are abundant in iron, but also vitamin K which can help us have healthy joints and strong bones. If we have optimized levels of vitamin K, we’ll also be able to avoid the development of osteoarthritis. This is a vitamin that can also help us in case of blood clotting.
This fruit as well as the juice are scientifically proven to contain analgesic effects like for example, aspirin has. It’s because of the amount of resveratrol in them. Women should take one glass a day, while men can take 2.
10. Flax Oil and Flax Seeds
Flax oil which is cold-pressed as well as flax seeds which are freshly ground are abundant in Omega-3 fatty acids. Flax oil shouldn’t be used for cooking because in this way, it can cause pain and irritate your body tissues. The fiber present in flax will help you in the process of losing weight because they suppress our appetite.
Curcuma longa or also called turmeric is a spice with a characteristic yellow color. It is used in the preparation of Indian curries because of its distinctive flavor. Many researches have proved that it is full of anti-inflammatory properties. We should intake about 1,500 mg of curcumin every day.
12. Salmon 13. Mackerel and 14. Herring
These are fish especially abundant in the valuable Omega-3 fatty oils. When they get inside our organism, they become substances similar to hormones which decrease any pain or inflammation. Eating fish moderately is especially good for people who suffer from arthritis.
15. Celery and Celery Seeds
Celery seeds and celery are full of more than 20 anti-inflammatory compounds. One of them is apigenin which is an amazing anti-inflammatory ingredient. You can add it into numerous recipes.
16. Sour Cherries
According to some researches, tart cherries, cranberries, blueberries, acai, pomegranate, grape etc. have the ability to act as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and they help us decrease muscle pain. We only need to take 2 tablespoons of concentrated cherry juice every day. We can also benefit from sweet cherries.
17. Strawberries 18. Blueberries 19. Blackberries and 20. Raspberries
All of them are full of anti-pain compounds. The heat-shock proteins we all have decrease with age, but if we intake these berries regularly, they will help us increase them. These berries are abundant in vitamin C which is especially beneficial to take if we’ve had an orthopedic surgery or we’ve broken a bone.
21. Cayenne Pepper
This kind of pepper is abundant in capsaicin which is known to be anti-inflammatory.