6 Foods That Help Relieve Chronic Pain

When we experience pain in our body, that is usually the body’s way of telling us something is damaged. According to a recent Institute of Medicine Report, pain as a health problem, costs the U.S. $560-$635 billion dollars annually. Furthermore, 100 million Americans are said to have chronic pain (2). Back in 2009, the Mayo Clinic claimed that 7 out of 10 Americans were on some kind of medication, and those medicines usually included anti-depressants and pain killers. Whether it’s chronic migraines, back pain, or pain in your joints, popping a pill for relief sounds like a tempting option, but what if there were natural, pain-killing food remedies that could be used instead?

6 Foods That Are Natural Pain Killers

1. Tumeric Tumeric

There is an anti-inflammatory component present in the turmeric root called Curcumin. It is bright in color and very favorable and can be added to your favorite foods.

Papaya2. Papaya

Papaya has an anti-inflammatory component in it called papain, which is in the flesh of the papaya fruit. It is also used after surgery to reduce swelling. You can find papain as a supplement and take it that way as well.

3. Ginger Root

Ginger root acts similar to aspirin and works like an anti-inflammatory, and helps lessen aches and pains.

Tuna & Salmon4. Tuna/Salmon/ Mackerel/ Sardines

These cold-water fish have wonderful health benefits, including helping placate the pain of damaged joints. The Omega-3 fatty acids in these fish help decrease the inflammation around damaged cartilage, as well as help improve cardiovascular function.

5. Dark Cherries

Dark CherriesInterestingly, according to a study conducted by John Hopkins University, eating about 20 cherries a day, can help alleviate pain in joints, as well as gastrointestinal pain and PMS symptoms, all by reducing inflammation.

6. Aloe Juice Aloe Vera Juice

Besides helping burns, aloe juice is a great remedy for treating stomach ulcers. By drinking this juice two times daily, aloe juice can relieve the symptoms of ulcers including nausea, pain, and weakness from blood loss.

So next time you are at the grocery, remember to pick up a few of these items and begin noting how your symptoms are after eating these!