15 Tasty Foods That Reduce the Pain You’re Feeling

Cranberry juice

Harvard University researchers found that women who drank 10 ounces of the juice a day had bladder infections only 42 percent as often as those who did not drink up. The researchers believe that an ingredient in the juice may inhibit bacteria from invading the bladder wall.

 

Onions and garlic

Foods that reduce inflammation like this family of bulb vegetables are high in anti-inflammatory substances, as well as sulfur compounds, that help stimulate the immune system to keep everything running smoothly.

 

Green and black tea

Tea is rich in antioxidants called flavonoids, which may protect against cell damage that can worsen conditions such as arthritis. It also contains a chemical that fights inflammation, so consider swapping that morning cup of joe for a green tea instead.

 

Broccoli

This veggie contains glutathione, which is a powerful antioxidant that may guard against arthritis. Other fruits and vegetables rich in glutathoine include asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, tomatoes, avocados, grapefruit, oranges, peaches, and watermelons.

 

Fish

Oily fish such as salmon, trout, and anchovies, along with walnuts, linseeds, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, and canola oil contain omega-3 fatty acids that make them powerful anti-inflammatory foods. A University of Pittsburgh study found that people with back and neck pain who took omega-3 fatty acids in supplement form for three months had less pain overall. Eat fatty fish at least twice a week and consider taking a daily omega-3 fatty acid supplement to fight pain.

 

Soy protein

Researchers at Oklahoma State University found that people with osteoarthritis, especially men, who ate 40 grams of soy protein per day for three months had less pain and moved more easily than those who didn’t. It’s tough to eat that much pure soy protein a day unless you add soy protein powder to shake or smoothie, but it is still worth adding a serving of soya beans, tofu, or soy milk to your daily food intake.