Far too many people live with chronic pain.
1. Alfalfa. The leaves of the alfalfa plant are rich in vitamins, protein and minerals however beyond the high levels of basic nutrients it is also a natural anti-arthritic due to its high Chlorophyll content. Alfalfa can be found at your local market or in your health food store. It is most often found in the form of sprouts, however juice and supplement capsules are also beneficial.
2. Chamomile. Chamomile is widely known as a natural relaxant and is most commonly found in tea however it is also an anti spasmodic and an anti inflammatory. The easiest and tastiest way to consume this flower is with a regular cup of tea.
3. Fenugreek. Fenugreek is an herb most commonly used to season curry. You can eat the plants leaves, seeds, and sprouts. Look for it in your local ethnic or Indian market. The greens and sprouts are a tasty addition to a salad and the seeds provide excellent seasoning to a variety of meats, stews, and sauces.
Fenugreek is an anti-inflammatory and has phytosteroid properties to help rebuild tissues. Recently it has been tested for it’s affects on cancer.
4. Flax. Omega 3 fatty acids have been studied in depth for their anti inflammatory properties as well as their ability to help the body heal and regenerate. It has also been linked to fighting cancer and reversing diabetes. Flax seed can be added to just about any meal and flax seed oil can be used to cook with or make dressings and sauces. It can also be consumed as a tea.
5. Ginger is a delicious seasoning for a variety of foods. From tea to ice cream Ginger is easy to consume and provided tremendous health benefits. It helps to stimulate blood flow for improved circulation and it is an anti inflammatory. Less inflammation means less pain.
6. Licorice. Licorice is a root. In Italy it isn’t uncommon to see people chewing on the root as a snack or breath freshener. Too much pure licorice can be dangerous. It is an anti-inflammatory and is rich in phytosteroids.
7. Wild Salmon. Salmon is a food source rich in omega three fatty acids which have been proven to provide a variety of health benefits the least of which is as an anti-inflammatory to treat arthritis.
8. Rosemary. Rosemary is an excellent food to treat pain because it naturally eases nerve and muscle tension and pain. It’s even good for chronic headaches. It contains salicin which is a natural form glycoside, which aspirin is made from. Rosemary is an excellent herb for flavoring meats, salad dressings, stews, soups, sauces and even tea.
9. Sage. Sage isn’t just for Thanksgiving Day dressing. Sage helps improve achy muscles and inflammation and is great to keep your mind clear. Sage is actually in the mint family and is exceptional for flavoring food. White sage is a strong anti inflammatory and is most often consumed as tea while common sage can be consumed as tea or used to season food.
10. Shiitake mushrooms. Shiitake has most recently been used to treat immune deficiency resulting from chemotherapy, hepatitis, aids and other chronic infections. It is a strong cancer fighter and anti viral. It is an excellent treatment to arthritis and chronic joint pain. Shiitake mushrooms enjoy raw, sauteed, baked, or added to just about any meal. There are many other “super foods” including pineapple, and the more whole foods you can eat the better. Chronic pain doesn’t have to rule your life.
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