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Foods Could Help Ease Pain

Food and pain relief

Is it possible that relieving certain pain could be tasty? Researchers are chewing on the idea that certain foods can relieve pain. Though there is no clear evidence yet, experts have discovered that eating certain foods could help ease pain.

"We're not at the point where you're going to go into a physician's office and be prescribed tofu for your pain," says Jill Tall, PhD, a professor at Youngstown State University in Ohio, who has studied how food helps relieve discomfort. "But I do believe that as an adjunct to traditional therapies, there are some possibilities."

When it comes time to using food to ease pain, there are certain foods that doctors have recommended. For instance cherries have the property cyanidin, which may be better at reducing inflammation than an ordinary aspirin. According to a report in the Clinical Journal of Pain, cherries may relieve the pain of gout and arthritis.

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A simple way to include a more natural pain relief is to add olive oil. This oil is a very healthy source of monounsaturated fats and has an ingredient known as oleocanthal. Oleocanthal acts very similar to NSAIDS (non steroid anti-inflammatory drugs). Studies showed that oleocanthal can inhibit the prostaglandins that cause inflammation and pain.

Protiens are way to build healthy tissue which can help ease pain. Be sure to choose lean cuts of meats such as beef and chicken and include soy products such as tofu and soymilk. Another good source of protein can be eating foods high in omega fatty three acid such as salmon and other oily fish, such as sardines, and halibut. These fatty acids can relieve pain mainly in joints. Grapes are a good source of food that can ease pain.

Grape skin contains Resveratrol, which is a nonsteroidal compound that has been shown to block cell inflammation. It works the same as a COX-2 inhibitor, such as Vioxx. It is important to keep in mind snacking on grapes is completely healthy unlike certain side effects from medications.

Additional foods that can ease pain are nuts and seeds. They are a good source of tryptophan, which can reduce the sensitivity that is associated with pain. Tryptophan can help with depression that may accompany chronic pain sufferers. Good news for chocolate lovers the flavinoids in dark chocolate are a great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. A small amount of chocolate daily could help. In addition most fruit and vegetables are antioxidant and should be eaten throughout the day.

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