We all turn to popping pills for one reason or other, especially when we get older. Even the easily attainable tablets such as paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen and codeine can have side effects and you may start to depend on them. Is there a better way than having to resort to taking these tablets?
A more preferable way to prevent and ease pain would be to do it naturally. Nature has provided an abundance of natural foods and herbs to help fight inflammation and reduce pain. Below is a list of foods and their uses in their fight against pain!
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Pain Killer Herbs:
Turmeric: Curcumin a potent anti inflammatory compound found in turmeric and shown positive results in treating patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. White Willow: The bark of White Willow tree contains a compound called salicylic acid, an anti inflammatory compound used to treat different skin conditions like warts, psoriasis, scaly skin conditions. Devil’s Claw: Contains chemical compounds called harpagide and harpagoside that reduces pain in inflammation-induced arthritis, headaches, and low back discomfort.
Other potent herbs include Ginger, Holy Basil, Peppermint, Arnica, Boswellia, Clove oil, etc.
Pain Busting Foods:
Hot Chillies: Capsaicin which is found in the hot chilli peppers is an active pain-reducing ingredient. Capsaicin also diminishes soreness for 3 to 5 weeks while the C-fibers help regain sensation. Works wonders for patients with migraine and cluster headaches.
Berries: Contains compounds called anthocyanins, that blocks inflammation and inhibit pain enzymes, just like NSAID drugs.
Other foods include pineapple, blueberries, grapes, oats, etc.
Innate Pain Killer Agents
Your body produces chemicals to soothe inflammation across the body. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain relievers by blocking pain signals from reaching your brain. Any activity (cardio and high intensity routines) that gets your blood pumping for a sustained period will release pain-relieving endorphins into your system.