Foods That Fight Aches, Pain and Inflammation

An estimated 63% of the American population struggles with some type of ache, pain and inflammation on a weekly basis. And, fortunately, no matter where your ache, pain or inflammation may be in your body, there are safe and healthy dietary options for natural and effective relief.

Cherries Soothe Joint Pain and Inflammation – If arthritis, gout, or fibromyalgia is causing your joints and head to ache, studies prove that eating 20 cherries daily (fresh, frozen or dried) can help soothe symptoms for 3 out of 4 joint pain sufferers. Credit goes to ‘anthocyanins’, the compounds that give cherries their red color, which also possess potent anti-inflammatory properties, and are 10 times stronger than aspirin and ibuprofen.

Tomato Juice Calms Muscle Cramping – 1 out of 5 people regularly struggle with achy muscles, leg cramps and ‘charley horses’. Fortunately, researchers have shown that consuming 10-12 ounces of fresh tomato juice daily can effectively put an end to these flareups. Tomato juice is rich in potassium, an important mineral that is proven to help relax super-tight, even spasming muscles, often in as little as 7 days.

Pineapple Hastens Healing – It’s been proven over and over, that people recover from painful bruises and other injuries, including surgery, almost twice as fast if they eat 1 cup of fresh pineapple daily. Pineapple contains bromelain, a powerful enzyme that speeds healing and kick-starts the growth of healthy new tissue. Skip the supplements and canned pineapple though, bromelain is only effective for hastening injury repair and bringing pain relief when consumed fresh and raw. Bromelain is destroyed by heat and processing.

Berries Squash Tissue Inflammation – If you suffer from painful, swollen joints or other pain-inducing body inflammation, eating at least 1 cup of fresh or frozen berries on a daily basis can dampen even the most stubborn of aches, pain and inflammation in as quick as 1 week. Credit goes to ‘cyanidin’, a potent plant compound found in berries that soaks into body tissues and squashes pain-inducing inflammation. Best berries to consume for maximum relief are blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries, strawberries and blackberries.

Fennel Seeds Relieve Stomach Aches – If digestive issues cause you to suffer from chronic stomach pain, gas and cramping, try chewing 1/4 tsp of fresh fennel seeds after each meal. Chew them slowly and really grind them up with your teeth as much as possible before swallowing, to allow the maximum release of the natural essential oils in the seeds. Fennel seed oil improves the digestive processes, and is proven to help prevent the formation of painful gas bubbles, as well as muscle spasms in the stomach and digestive tract.

So, rather than take dangerous over-the-counter and prescription medications for your aches and pain, why not try to alleviate your symptoms naturally through healthy dietary sources. You’ll not only get effective pain relief, but you won’t need to worry about side-effects, especially the more concerning ones that come from long-term medication use.

Bon Veggie Appetit!

Gina ‘The Veggie Goddess’ Matthews