8 pain-fighting items to add to your shopping list

Physical pain can be hard to alleviate even with medication. Luckily, we’ve discovered some foods to help beat this pain. These natural solutions are easy to add to your diet and could even reduce the amount of medication needed to deal with your symptoms. No single food can stop chronic pain but a healthy diet is a powerful part of pain management. Next time rather than reaching for a pill, try these foods to remedy your pain.

Add these 7 items to your shopping list!

1. Papaya

Papaya contains an enzyme, papain, that is potent at fighting pain. This enzyme is one of the most popular supplements sold over-the-counter to address back and body pain. Try eating 1 cup of papaya to experience this pain-fighting antioxidant. Add it to your summer salads to indulge in a food-based pain relief.

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2. Cherries

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Research has found that cherries contain anthocyanin, which works just like aspirin to turn off the body’s pain signals. Enjoy 20 or so cherries to give you a quick boost of energy and antioxidants in every bite.

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3. Olive Oil 

Research has shown that people who eat a traditional Mediterranean diet (rich in olive oil) seem to have fewer health conditions related to inflammation. It is believed that olive oil contains compounds similar to ibuprofen. This oil is great for cooking foods or in salad dressings.

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4. Ginger 

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Ginger contains compounds that work similar to anti-inflammatory medications, plus it adds flavour to your food. Add fresh ginger to stir-fries or some salmon sushi.

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5. Pineapple 

Pineapple is both rich in vitamin C and the enzyme bromelain. This enzyme has been linked to decreased pain and swelling for arthritis. Add this tropical fruit to your fruit salad or blend into a smoothie for a fresh and tasty flavour.

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6. Turmeric

This essential spice has been used for years to relieve pain and speed up digestion. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help protect the body from tissue destruction and joint inflammation. Sprinkle this spice on soups or add it to your favourite curry recipe.

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7. Carrots

Carrots and other orange-hued vegetables (squash, sweet potato) are rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene. Both components are believed to fight inflammation. This vegetable is a great snack choice with some hummus.

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8. Berries

These little fruits are packed with antioxidants that fight inflammation. Try adding a serving of fresh blueberries, raspberries or strawberries as a healthy topping to your morning muesli.

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Are there any other foods that help alleviate your pain? Do these foods help you cope with aches and pains? Share with us below.