Recent studies have shown that foods with anti-inflammatory properties can ease an aching back.
Lower back pain is the most common spinal cord disorder that affects over 80 percent of people at some point in their lives. There are many factors that contribute to the occurrence of back pain. These include smoking, obesity, older age, female gender, physically strenuous work, sedentary work, a stressful job, job dissatisfaction and psychological factors such as anxiety or depression.
Generally, the passage of time and extra attention to body mechanics are enough to ease the discomfort (pain relievers help, too). But you may be able to ease your risk of recurrence by strolling down the right aisle in the supermarket.
The research isn’t all in, but intriguing evidence suggests that certain foods can suppress inflammation that contributes to some kinds of back pain – especially bouts linked to arthritis.
To help you steer on what foods to add and avoid when dealing with pain, here are some of them.
Cherries are important for their ability to control inflammation. Fresh and canned tart cherries are also helpful. A study has found that regular consumption of cherries for 28 days produced a decrease in biochemical signs of inflammation in blood, including a 25 percent reduction in C-reactive protein (CRP), the most widely studied marker of inflammation. Elevation of CRP in blood is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
Vegetables and Fruits
Needless to say, vegetables and fruits are a very common foods that help in pain relief. Vegetable protein such as soy is evidently helpful to reduce inflammation and faster wound healing.
Raspberries and blueberries
Anthocyanins, plant pigments that have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, are found in red and purple fruits, including raspberries and blueberries.
Certain vegetable oils
Vegetable oils such as corn, sunflower or “mixed” vegetable oils.
Increased amounts of fried and processed foods slows down the healing process during inflammation that are supposed to be helpful in restoring the body’s natural defenses.
Foods that contain high fructose in them are not helpful in relieving inflammation such as corn syrup.
High amounts of saturated fats found in meats and full-fat dairy products are not very good food sources to alleviate pain.
There are great reasons to be healthy and being one means being free from pains. Next time you are on your combat against inflammation or any kind of pain, try having cherries or the above mentioned foods and find your way through painless wellness.