Got a muscular injury or pain from a tough workout or some sore back? Some research suggests supplementing those painkillers with certain foods that could be so helpful.
Believe it or not, those healthy fruits, green vegetables, and whole grains we try to pack in our diets may do more than just feed our bodies well as many of them are considered to have anti-inflammatory properties.
So here we have listed down five best anti-inflammatory foods you should try as a healthy diet and adding in specific foods and spices could help fight inflammation and joint pain.
Coffee is one of the most common sources of caffeine, but it can be found in other food products, like tea, chocolate, and many sodas. Caffeine can reduce pain in those suffering from muscular injury and pain.
Compounds in cherries called anthocyanins that are powerful antioxidants that work in two ways to tamp down pain.
“They block inflammation and they inhibit pain enzymes, just like aspirin, naproxen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories,” says Muraleedharan Nair, PhD, natural products chemist at Michigan State University’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources.
People who eat a traditional Mediterranean diet (which is rich in olive oil) seem to have fewer health conditions related to inflammation, such as degenerative joint diseases or diabetes.
In fact, extra-virgin olive oil might contain compounds similar to ibuprofen, making it a great oil for cooking foods that you can use in your daily lives.
It fights nausea and motion sickness and pain with its anti-inflammatory properties. Great news for the ladies is that one study showed that ginger (specifically in the form of a 250g or 500g capsule of powdered ginger) was as effective as ibuprofen in relieving menstrual pain.
Fish like salmon, tuna, trout and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight inflammation and boost heart health. Try adding fish to your diet a couple of times a week.
If you’re not a big fan of fish, ask your doctor about taking an omega-3 supplement.
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