TOP 10 FOODS WITH HEALING PROPERTIES

You’ve had an extremely long day and your head is throbbing with pain. Your next plan of action is simply to pop an aspirin and turn in for the night. While most of us may take the same course action, what we don’t realize is that while the aspirin will successfully mask the pain, it may lead to bigger problems in the future. While aspirin and other painkillers may be effective when it comes to masking pain and other associated symptoms, they do not address the root cause of the pain. Luckily, there are some natural alternatives to painkillers which not only help reduce pain but also improve your overall health.

1. TURMERIC is known to be effective in reducing pain. In fact studies showed that it was more effective in pain and inflammation reduction when compared to steroid medications. This is due to the protein NF-kB in turmeric which helps the body combat pain more effectively.

2. RED GRAPES have been proven to be 10 times more effective in reducing back pain than aspirin. This is because they contain an antioxidant named Resveratrol which blocks tissue degenerating enzymes. Red grapes are most effective for reducing back pain.

3. GINGER is effective in the reduction of prostaglandin levels which are responsible for causing pain. A daily dose of 500mg of ginger can reduce pain effectively.

4. SOY: The soy protein contains isoflavones which is a pant hormone. The hormone is known to reduce inflammation and pain especially those associated with arthritis.

5. SALMON: If you’ve been feeling pain in your neck, then salmon should be your food of choice. Chock full of Omega 3 fatty acids; this amenity from the ocean can reduce pain by 60%.

6. CHERRIES: Other than ginger and turmeric, Cherries are also known for their pain relieving properties. Filled with high levels of anthocyanins, cherries can reduce joint pains and symptoms of arthritis.

7. COFFEE lovers can be at ease now. Being a natural pain reliever, caffeine can often be found within pain medications. Coffee is known to reduce post workout pain. 2 cups of coffee can reduce pain by 50%.

8. SAGE: The go-to herb for the alleviation of ailments such as a sore through, ulcers, tonsils and gum disease, Sage also boasts pain reliving properties. The rosmarinic acid within the herb soothes inflame muscles and reduces pain. The best way to have sage is by sprinkling it on food as a seasoning or adding it to an herbal tea.

9. WALNUTS are a sure fire way of reducing pain. Filled with Omega 3 fatty acids, they reduce inflammation and help reduce pain.

10. CELERY: Containing more than 20 anti inflammatory compounds, celery is highly effective at reducing the symptoms of pain. The main compound named apigenin helps the body combat pain more effectively. Celery intake can be increased by adding its seeds to soup and may even be used as an alternative to salt.
It is always best to go for natural healing methods when it comes to pain. The toxins contained within medications may be able to mask the pain but the underlying causes still remain.

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