The 9 Most Effective Natural Painkillers
Could you eat your way out of chronic pain? Possibly, yes. As we age, many of us may have to deal with the pain of osteoarthritis or other conditions. The good news is that researchers have started to explore the pain-relieving properties of specific foods: the natural painkillers we can consume without the nasty side effects. We will explore the best of the best in this article.
There are a lot of foods and food-based supplements that are thought to have pain-fighting properties and some of them have been scientifically proven.
1. Olive oil
A daily dose of olive oil may act as a natural pain killer, according to a study which showed that olive oil is an anti-inflammatory substance. Researchers say that they have uncovered a previously unknown enzyme in extra virgin olive and that it acts much like the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) we take on a regular basis, like aspirin and ibuprofen.
It’s best to buy organic grapes, according to recent studies, which show that both grapes and strawberries absorb large quantities of pesticides through their skin.
Red grapes contain bioflavonoids, which works alongside vitamin C to stimulate the immune system and fight inflammation and relieve joint pain. They also help prevent heart disease and cancer.
Quaker oats can be used for fast pain relief. Mix 2 cups of Quaker oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm it in the microwave for 1 minute. Allow it to cool slightly, then apply the mixture to the affected area in order to sooth arthritic joint pain.
If your symtpoms do not improve after the use of these pain relieving foods and herbs, or the pain becomes serious, always consult your health care professional.
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