6 Pain-Relieving Foods

The anthocyanins in cherries are powerful inflammation-killing antioxidants. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Cherries are chock-full of anthocyanins, antioxidants that can significantly reduce inflammation and ease pain. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Recent studies have shown that certain foods contain as much pain-fighting power as common pain medications like ibuprofen. Here are 6 of them to try (via AARP The Magazine):

  1. For back pain: red grapes. The resveratrol found in red grapes is a compound that blocks the enzymes that contribute to tissue degeneration, and preliminary research suggests it can also protect against the type of cartilage damage that causes back pain. To get your fill, snack on red grapes, or have a glass of wine. You can also get resveratrol in other fruits like blueberries and cranberries.
  2. For knee pain: ginger. In a six-week University of Miami study, patients with chronic knee pain reported less soreness upon standing after taking a ginger extract. Ginger relieves pain by blocking a key enzyme in the inflammatory process. To get the benefits, consume two to three teaspoons per day by adding it to a soup or stir fry, or drinking ginger-infused tea or fresh ginger ale made with real pieces of the root.
  3. For osteoarthiritis pain: soy. Soy’s pain-relieving secret lies in its isoflavones, plant hormones with anti-inflammatory properties. Research has found that adding 40 grams of soy protein to your daily diet can reduce osteoarthritis pain by 30 percent or more within two to three weeks. Tofu, soy milk and edamame are all good sources of soy protein.Continue Reading …