Foods that Relieve Pain and Inflammation

While there are many cutting edge treatments out there to relieve inflammation that involve emerging technologies, so too are there natural sources of pain relief that also work very well. There are foods that relieve pain and inflammation, such as cherries, ginger, cranberries, cold water fish, turmeric, yogurt, mint, and endamame. These are all natural food sources that are derived from plant and animal proteins and nutrients, with ingredients that reduce inflammation, as well as provide numerous other health benefits. Let's take a look at each one of these natural inflammatories, along with active ingredients of them that provide us with natural pain relief.

Cherries: cherries are among a number of berries that provide us with pain relief. Anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants in cherries that give them their brilliant red color as well as their inflammation reducing properties.

Anthocyanins are phytonutrients inhibit pain enzymes in a similar way to pharmaceutical meds such as naproxen, aspirin, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). One paper published from the Journal of Nutrition stated that people who ate a bowl of berries each day for breakfast had a 25% reduction in inflammation, based on a certain type of blood test. Other studies have indicated that distance runners who drank 12 ounces of cherry juice 2 times a day for 7 days experienced less muscle pain before their runs.

Other food sources loaded with Anthocyanins include kidney beans, black beans, red cabbage, bananas, pomegranates, and plums.



Ginger: Ginger has a long history in the entire world culture as a food, spice, additive to drinks, and as a medicine. The origins of this rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale is in Southern Asia, through it has also spread to other climates for cultivation, including the Caribbean and East Africa. Ginger has been used to lessen the symptoms of nausea and seasickness. It is thought that one of the ingredients in ginger blocks a receptor in the GI tract that induced vomiting. Even if your gut feels fine, this spice and drink additive may also work as a natural anti-inflammatory to relieve symptoms of arthritis, muscle pain, and migraine headaches.

There are many ways to increase the amount of ginger in your diet. This spicy root may be added to juices and smoothies, or grated into food dishes. You may also blend this spice into hot drinks by soaking this root in boiling water for 15 minutes. One cold drink that many people enjoy is ginger lemonade. This cold beverage is made with ice water, honey, lemon juice, and grated gingerroot.

Cranberry juice: Most of the tasty fruits and vegetables available to us grow best in the warmer and tropical regions of the United States. Cranberries, on the other hand, grow more naturally in the cooler regions of the northern hemisphere, including Cape Cod and Wisconsin. There evergreen dwarf shrubs block pathogens, called H. Pylori, from eating away the linings of our stomach. These pathogens are one of the most common causes of ulcers and other intestinal conditions. While there are pharmaceutical medications out there to neutralize pathogens such as H. pylori, it is always best to treat medical problems naturally, if possible.

One extra note about cranberry juice. Cranberry juice may actually increase inflammation when it is loaded with sugar, so it will be best to find cranberry juice drinks that have lower sugar content, if possible. Stevia is one of the most popular sugar substitutes among nutritionists and other healthcare experts as a natural sweetener because it does not affect blood glucose levels the same way that other artificial sweeteners does. And Stevia is also popular for its taste.

Omega-3 fatty fish: Cold water fish such as sardines, herring, and salmon are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, a well documented natural anti-inflammatory. Omega-3s increase blood flow in many vital areas of the body, including the edge of spinal discs looking to receive nutrients from the blood.