Olive oil is liquid gold when it comes to fighting chronic pain. This elixir is rich in antioxidant polyphenols that help inhibit a common pain-causing mechanism in the body. Plus, olive oil makes a great substitute for butter, which is high in saturated fat. That's great, because too much saturated fat in the diet has been shown to erode bone strength and trigger pain. So enjoy this Mediterranean alternative in your next pasta sauce, salad dressing, or sauté. But use it judiciously. Olive oil has 120 calories per tablespoon.
Jay S. Patel, MD
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- Can olive oil help relieve chronic pain?
How is fibromyalgia different from chronic pain?
Celeste Cooper, Rheumatology, answeredWhat differentiates the FM patient is that they commonly have other conditions that are affected by the central nervous system, such as: irritable bowel syndrome, severe headaches, irritable bladder or pelvic dysfunction, Raynaud's, insomnia, non-refreshing sleep, hypothyroidism, restless leg syndrome, anxiety or depression, hearing or visual problems, gastrointestinal difficulties, easy bruising, dry mucous membranes, or skin sensitivities.
All blogs, posts and answers are based on the work in Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by Celeste Cooper, RN, and Jeff Miller, PhD. 2010, Vermont: Healing Arts press
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Can diet help treat chronic pain?
No single food can zap chronic pain, but a healthful diet is an important part of your pain-management strategy. The Mediterranean diet, for example, is rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthful unsaturated fats. These edibles can help build strong bones and muscles, and—in some cases—can even short-circuit pain. A wholesome diet also helps prevent pain-aggravating weight gain and boosts your energy levels and mood so you can cope more comfortably.
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