Thursday, May 31, 2012

Foods to Ease Chronic Pain

For those people who suffer from chronic pain, MSN Health recently penned an article about foods that may ease the discomfort associated with the disorder.  Some of the foods the article recommended are the following:

  • Sources of protein that do not come from land animals. Some foods to try may include fish, such as canned tuna or salmon, as well as beans and nuts.  Fish specifically may be helpful because they contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can aid in pain associated with arthritis.   
  • A wider variety of herbs and spices.  Some spices the article recommended were turmeric, garlic, ginger, and cinnamon.  These herbs are shown to have anti-inflammatory effects similar to the active ingredients in Vioxx and Celebrex.
  •  Eat more healthy fats.  Examples of this category include olive oil, avocadoes, nut butters, and sunflower seeds.  Healthy fats such as these promote hormone activity that helps you heal after injury and repairs stress to cells.
  •  Incorporate more plants into your diet, such as kale, whole grains, and all colored fruits and vegetables. According to the article, "A plant-based diet emphasizing whole (unprocessed) foods is like a force field, or sunglasses, protecting your lipid membranes and DNA from oxidative damage."
  • Probiotics, such as those found in yogurt, may also help to ease the discomfort of chronic pain. 
  • Drinking lots of water and tea, such as green tea, are also especially helpful in restoring the body's natural balance and helping the problems associated with chronic pain.

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