Foods That Reduce Pain or Inflammation

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Foods That Reduce Pain or Inflammation

Post by discovery on Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:48 am

Foods That Reduce Pain or Inflammation




There are certain foods that can be added to our diet for pain management. Below is a list of these anti-inflammatory foods.
1. Extra virgin olive oil
Olive oil is a great source of oleic acid and is just perfect for healthy cooking options. It improves the insulin function and lowers the blood sugar level. Thus, it is recommended to use olive oil instead of vegetable oil.
2. Cherries
Cherries are a good source of anthocyanins – a very powerful antioxidant. The presence of this antioxidant reduces the risk of inflammatory conditions. Not only this, it provides protection against many diseases as well.
3. Papaya
Papaya contains papain – a protein digesting enzyme that helps to improve digestion and reduce inflammation.
4. Nuts
Nuts like cashews, walnuts, almonds, pecans, etc. are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, proteins and fiber. So, you can add it to your salads or just eat it as snacks. However, be sure to consume them in moderation as they are rich in fats.
5. Green tea
Green tea is the most natural and non-fermented tea that is rich in catechins. During the fermenting process, these are destroyed. Since green tea is not fermented, it retains the amount of catechins to about 27 percent compared to black tea which has only about 4 percent.
6. Green leafy vegetables
Green leafy vegetable like spinach, kale, etc. are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and anti-oxidants. They also contain vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Including these in your diet can help you reduce the inflammation. However, always be sure to wash them thoroughly to remove the pesticides and chemicals as you don’t want to put extra toxins in your body. Another option is to use organic vegetables.
7. Water
Water plays an important role in flushing out the wastes that can accumulate in the body. So, we must drink clean and fresh water.
8. Apples
Apples contain quercetin – a chemical that has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. This is mainly present in its skin. So, we should eat apples without peeling them.
9. Spices
Spices especially turmeric has high anti-inflammatory qualities. Thus, we should include it in our food on a daily basis. Some of the ways to use turmeric are sprinkling on scrambled eggs, adding it in soups, salad dressings or mixing it in sauces.

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