You can add some foods such as ginger, oranges, cherries or coffee as one of the natural pain relievers when the body aches.
Whether it’s the lingering aches and pains from an exercise session or other aches and pains that everyone has to deal with throughout life, it can be frustrating. Some research suggests that supplementing pain relievers with certain foods may be helpful.
* Here are foods that research shows can actually help with pain.
1. Coffee .
Research shows that caffeine can help relieve pain in people with exercise-induced muscle damage and pain. One study found that a caffeine supplement of 130mg – equivalent to the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee – increased pain relief, comparable to the pain reliever ibuprofen.
2. Ginger .
Ginger relieves pain and fights inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The following is especially good for women: one study found ginger to be as effective as the pain reliever ibuprofen in relieving menstrual cramps.
3. Salmon .
Not only is it delicious and packed with healthy protein, salmon is also full of omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to help relieve arthritis pain (especially in the neck and back). In one study, pain relief from consuming omega-3s in supplement form such as fish oil was compared with pain relief with ibuprofen.
4. Cherry .
Studies have shown that cherries can help treat gout (a condition that leads to arthritis, hot, red, swollen joints caused by a buildup of uric acid in the blood). In another study, people who drank cherry juice for 7 days before running had reduced muscle soreness after the race.
5. Echinacea and sage .
Throat sprays containing sage or echinacea can relieve an uncomfortable sore throat. Sage is a kitchen spice that makes dishes more delicious, and echinacea is a common ingredient in ointments.
6. Oranges .
While vitamin C helps prevent the onset of colds and respiratory infections, an antioxidant called beta-cryptoxanthin, found in oranges and other orange fruits like sweet potatoes and cantaloupe, reduces the risk inflammatory muscle such as rheumatoid arthritis.
7. Evening Primrose Oil .
Often refined into an oil, evening primrose helps in the treatment of atopic dermatitis and rheumatoid arthritis. The gamma-inolenic acid in evening primrose oil has anticoagulant effects, which may help reduce the effects of cardiovascular disease.
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