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Natural Pain Killers

Ginger can help calm the stomach and reduce inflammation.

Are you taking pain medicines for different ailments?  Did you know there are some natural “pain killers” out there that do not need a prescription?

According to Natalie Digate, MD and registered dietitian, “a variety of foods have active compounds that have been a great source of helping to reduce pain.”  Some have compared the effects of these foods to commonly prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.

 

 

Here are just a few food to add to your list:

  • Red grapes, peanuts and cranberries all contain resveratrol, identified as a biologic that may fight pain.
  • Ginger has been found effective as an anti-inflammatory medication for pain management in people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Hot peppers contain capsaicin, which is known to blunt the pain response. But beware—these chilis are hot! Capsaicin may be more practical in topical creams or ointments.
  • Green tea and pomegranates are loaded with potent antioxidants with decreased inflammation and pain relief.
  • Tumeric is a widely used spice, especially common in South Asian dishes such as curry–that has been associated with anti-inflammatory effects owing to its active ingredient curcumin, which reduces the activity of inflammatory enzymes in the body.

Written by Allison Levy

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