Updated: May 12, 2020
Did you know that certain foods contain properties that are fantastic for helping with symptoms associated with pain. Here are 5 foods that can assist:-
Ginger has been a staple of traditional medicine. It is known for its qualities to help reduce the symptoms of nausea and is soothing for the stomach. It can also assist with joint pain associated with arthritis.
Blueberries are packed full of phytonutrients that may fight inflammation and reduce symptoms of pain. As a bonus they are also a great source of vitamin C which helps protect cells against damage and aids with iron absorption. Be aware though, blueberries are on the dirty dozen list so you really need to find a nice organic pesticide free punnet. If you cannot find fresh there are great sources of organic blueberries in the supermarket.
Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas) are a great source of magnesium which is a chemical element used by every organ in the body. Magnesium level is highly associated with stress levels. Extended periods of stress result in magnesium deficiencies. Neurotransmitters and hormones released during stress, and in conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome contribute to magnesium depletion.
Salmon is packed full of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce the intensity of joint pain in rheumatoid arthritis and neck and back pain, as well as pain caused by inflammatory bowel disease.
Turmeric, the compound in the spice that gives curry that incredibly bright orange-yellow colour can also assist with reducing inflammation. Studies have shown that people with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis using curcumin (from Turmeric) noticed improvements in their symptoms.
Food really is medicine! The concept of food as medicine is not new, foods have been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years and feature in many cultures around the world. Nutrition science has evolved at an amazing speed and our knowledge of nutrients, bioactive compounds in foods and an understanding of their relationship with disease is significantly more advanced. With new research being published every day our understanding of food in health continues to grow.
However, at a time when food and nutrition information is at an all-time high there is lots of information readily available. This can lead to a lot of confusion and misinformation about food-based wellness. Ensure that you check the qualifications of any person that you receive information from.
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