Did you know that certain foods can ease aches and pains by fighting inflammation, blocking pain signals, and sometimes even helping to heal underlying conditions?
Eating a plant-based diet means you're consuming foods that may act as natural remedies and offer pain relief.
Did You Know That The Following Popular Ingredients Are Also Natural Pain Relievers?
Cayenne: Capsaicin, the active substance in cayenne, supports healthy immune function. Cayenne is also rich in Vitamin C, which fights and prevents colds and other infections.
Cinnamon: Add this spice to coffee before brewing, or make it into a tea (blend 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with 2 teaspoons of agave or other vegan sweetener (i.e. coconut nectar, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, etc.) and mix them in warm or hot water). A paste of the same two ingredients with a little water may also provide local arthritic pain relief.
Garlic: Garlic offers protection against many bacterial and viral infections. Remember, in order to activate disease fighting characteristics, fresh garlic must be crushed or chopped.
Ginger: Ginger is known as a digestive and immune-enhancer. It helps prevent the build-up of toxins that may create infections. Ginger also helps to activate T-cells, which are vital to a healthy immune system and destroy viruses.
Green Tea: The plant compound found in green tea exerts antiviral and cancer-fighting effects. Numerous studies have been conducted evaluating the effects of green tea on certain types of cancer.
Mint: The menthol in peppermint helps prevent muscle spasms, one of the reasons peppermint oil effectively treats irritable bowel syndrome. The oil is also useful for headache pain relief.
Oregano: Oregano has essential oils that contain fungicidal properties.
Turmeric: The active ingredient in turmeric is a potent immune enhancing substance, such as anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-cancer properties.
Other Foods That May Offer Pain Relief
Cherries: The combination of several different natural compounds found in cherries lead to pain relief, rather than just a single antioxidant. The best benefits are said to be reaped from tart or sour cherries.
Elderberry: Elderberries contain natural substances that may offer pain relief by reducing swelling, fighting inflammation, and boosting the immune system.
Elderberry may also ease flu-like symptoms such as fever, headaches, fatigue, sore throat, cough and body aches.
Lemon/Lime: Lemons and limes offer anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic potential. Additionally, they enhance the capacity of vitamin C and act as powerful antioxidants.
Prebiotics & Probiotics
Prebiotics: Prebiotics are like ‘food’ for probiotics. They promote the growth and/or activity of certain types of healthy bacteria. You can find them naturally in Jerusalem artichokes, chicory root, garlic, leeks, banana, onion, barley, wheat flour, rye, tomato, and asparagus root.
Probiotics: Probiotics help restore balance to the natural gut flora, which naturally stimulates the immune system. They are beneficial organisms, such as bacteria or yeast. You can get probiotics naturally by consuming fermented foods such as kimchi, miso, tempeh, and kombucha.
How to Benefit From These Natural Remedies
The next time you’re headed to the medicine chest in search of pain relief, think about adding some of these natural remedies to your diet. Experiment with new recipes that incorporate these ingredients,and you might be pleasantly surprised!
We, at Savor, believe food is the real medicine. We use them all the time in our meals as we feel they are not only really healthy but they're also extremely tasty.
(Photo: Gabriel Lima;/Flickr)