Taking cue from our last week’s article, we shall look at more superfoods that have the ability to relieve pain; now you don’t have to eat bland foods but have a variety of items to spice up your culinary tastes. So without taking any more of your time, here you go.
A staple in Indian cuisine, the benefits of spices have only recently been found to be extraordinary. Turmeric, cloves, cumin, mustard et al have amazing antiinflammatory properties, with the presence of curcumin playing a key role in preventing cartilage damage.
The all weather fruit has one more benefit to it, that of having antioxidants as well as boron and magnesium which are tremendously beneficial for your bones. While choosing your apples, go for ones which are rich in red hues and never peel off the skin while eating them because the maximum amount of antioxidants are found in the skin.
A mainstay in almost every recipe for both its taste and digestive benefits, garlic is filled with allicin. Alllicin is great for reducing pain, aches and arthritic symptoms.
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Strawberries, cherries, blueberries, etc are rich in anthocyanins, a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce inflammatory chemicals from swirling through the body. Eating black cherries has also been noted to reduce uric acid levels. You can consume them raw, or as a juice.
A very underrated fruit and often ignored, grapefruit nevertheless is rich in vitamin C and antioxidant bioflavonoids. This makes it a powerful ingredient for minimizing inflammation, rebuilding cartilage and preventing the influx of prostaglandins.
It is also noted to maximize the efficiency of painkillers. It is advisable to eat red grapefruits rather than yellow ones. They can be consumed directly or as a juice
Onions may seem an unlikely source of dietary painkiller but they have large amounts of quercetin (an antioxidant bioflavonoid that suppresses the production of inflammatory substances). This protects your joints from free radicals and enzymes that attack your proteins. Red onions are recommended over the normal kind. You can take them as a soup, or as a part of meat dishes.
Alcohol is extremely bad for your body and results in chronic pain. Red wine on the other hand is a great super food which has strong antioxidant polyphenol like resveratrol. So for those who need their bit of spirit every day, a glass of red wine is great alternative and can actually be beneficial in stopping inflammation. Just don’t go overboard on it.
Universally acknowledged as the supreme health drink, teas are renowned for their pain relieving properties and the sheer varieties such as green tea, oolong tea, black tea, etc ensure you are never bored of a single taste. They are rich in antioxidants catechins like EGCG which are great for stopping Inflammation. They also help in preventing the wear and tear of cartilages. Start your day off with tea on an empty stomach and drink 2-3 glasses during the day. They are low in calories and quite filling as well.