Chronic pain can disrupt people's daily-lives and keep them from doing the things they love the most. Diet, however, can play a huge role in the way we feel, and can possibly help to diminish chronic pain.
Disclaimer: There is no one cure for chronic pain, so these foods may or may not work for you. The goal of this blog is to show you natural remedies that will excite you and encourage you to further your research to find natural remedies that will work for you!
With that said, let’s now dive in and discover these great all-natural foods!
Ginger can help fight inflammation as well as nausea, so it’s often recommended to those suffering from a variety of ailments, including chronic pain. With few known side effects, it’s hard to go wrong with ginger. It’s also easy to include ginger in your diet. Add it to savory dishes, or make a steaming cup of fresh ginger tea.
Yes, you are seeing that right, TART Cherries. When I stumbled upon this I could not believe what I was seeing but as I began reading, the more interested I became—I will be stopping by the store and stocking up on cherries later today. As I was doing my research I discovered that red and purple fruits seem to carry a pigment called Anthocyanins. This pigment is an anti-inflammatory which is great for those suffering from pain. Ok, so why the tart? Well it seems that cherries with the highest amount of zing to them carry the highest amount of this anti-inflammatory pigment. Cherries also act as an antioxidant which can help fight of “invaders” inside the body. Cherries are a great alternative for a midnight snack or ditch the popcorn and munch on some cherries while you are watching a movie!
Grapes, specifically red grapes, contain resveratrol, which has anti-inflammatory benefits. You’ll also find it in other foods, such as berries and peanuts. Try adding these to a salad or they also make a great snack for those on the go.
Broccoli contains Sulforaphane which is a compound that can help to block damage and inflammation to cartilage that is usually associated with the condition Osteoarthritis. There is speculation whether eating broccoli would be enough—you would need to eat a good amount of broccoli every day to see a huge change. However, there are “synthetic” supplements that contain a high potency of Sulforaphane and they could possibly help with joint pain or joint “squeakiness.”
Keep in mind, anytime you go the all-natural route there may not be a significant change but eating your vegetables is always a great idea to improve your health and overall well being in the long run. Having trouble thinking of ways to spicen’ up broccoli? No worries check out this link—it shows you how to prepare and cook broccoli 20 different ways.
The omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon are well known for their health benefits, including reducing inflammation and pain. Omega-3's can also help with heart conditions, diabetes, and cognitive function, making the decision to add them to your diet even easier.
Green Lipped Mussel
This oil is made from the green lipped mussel’s that are found in New Zealand. This oil is also known for its omega-3 fatty acids, just like most fish oils, but it contains something a bit different called Eicosatetraenoic Acid (ETA). ETA is an omega-3 fatty acid that “actually works at the gene level to reduce the production of cyclooxygenase.”(Cook, 2016) Cyclooxygenase is an enzyme that makes the compounds that cause some forms of inflammation. Green Lipped Mussel Powder is another form of this omega-3 fatty acid. The powder is a natural source of the nutrients Glucosamine and Chondroitin used in the repairing and rebuilding of cartilage. If Green Lipped Mussel’s sound like something you may be interested in take a look at Outback’s Joint Support Supplement. It contains Green Lipped Mussel Powder and has helped many of our customers regain healthy, strong joints
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