Tuesday, November 22, 2016

15 foods that help relieve pain

Experiencing pain is no fun. While our first instinct is to reach for the medicine cabinet, did you know that some foods may have pain-relieving properties? Whether it's lowering inflammation or blocking pain signals, Dr. Martica Heaner, a Manhattan-based exercise physiologist and nutritionist, has compiled 15 foods that may help you manage your pain.


The anthocyanins that give the fruit color may reduce inflammatory pain.


Withdrawal from regular use can cause headaches, but occasional caffeine seems to relieve pain.

Mint tea

Mint tea is soothing and wintergreen especially may block pain signals.


Add to veggies for its anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce pain.

Red onions

High in inflammation-reducing quercetin as well as red-pigmented anthocyanins.


Mix with sautéed veggies; the isoflavones can have an anti-inflammatory effect.


Iron-rich spice with curcumin that may keep inflammatory enzymes in check.

Red grapes

Has antioxidant Vitamin C and potentially anti-inflammatory anthocyanins and ellagitannins.


Juice it or make soup for the anti-inflammatory sulforaphane found in all cruciferous veggies.


High in anti-inflammatory Omega 3 fatty acids and good source of protein and minerals.

Chili peppers

Their hot capsaicin used for pain creams, may help in food, although may not be as potent.


The sulforaphane may reduce inflammatory pain, plus high in Vitamins C, K and folate.


Its Omega 3 fats may reduce pain related to inflammation plus good source of minerals.

Olive Oil

Contains oleocanthal that may inhibit inflammatory enzymes.

Green tea

It’s not only soothing, its catechins can be anti-inflammatory.