5 Healing Foods to Fight Pain


Chronic pain is persistent and in many cases, requires a variety of approaches to help find relief. One alternative treatment option that is often overlooked is incorporating foods with anti-inflammatory benefits into your diet. These five foods are part of a healthy diet and eating them may even be beneficial to your reducing pain flare-ups.

1. Coffee

Some research has shown that low doses of caffeine (about the amount in one standard cup of coffee) can help diminish the sensitivity to pain during an uncomfortable and fatiguing task.

2. Olive Oil

People who consume a Mediterranean diet (which is rich in olive oil) tend to have fewer health conditions related to inflammation, thus implying the anti-inflammatory benefits of the healthy fat.

3. Red Grapes

Resveratrol, a chemical thought to have anti-inflammatory benefits, is found in red grapes. Laboratory studies have demonstrated that resveratrol can stop some cells in the body from responding to inflammation signals.

4. Ginger

Ginger is commonly recommended to ease nausea, but laboratory studies have found that it contains inflammation-fighting compounds.

5. Salmon

Salmon is a great addition to any diet. It is a deep-sea fish that contains a wealth of omega-3 fatty acids, a component that is believed to have many health benefits including lessening inflammation. Salmon also contains calcitonin, which has been shown in clinical studies to reduce inflammation in the joints and may help shield the body against more severe pain from osteoarthritis. 

In addition to these five foods, there are many others that may aid in pain relief. Notably, turmeric and thyme are two spices that have been found to have anti-inflammatory benefits. To reap the benefits, try adding them to your sauces, soups, or stews. Oranges and tart cherries are great fruits to add to your diet to help reduce the risk of anti-inflammatory conditions. Both of these can also be consumed in juice form.

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