Can certain foods alleviate pain?

Donnica Moore, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Watch as women's health expert and advocate Dr. Donnica Moore explains whether or not certain foods can help alleviate pain.

Eating the following foods can help reduce pain:
  • Black cherries contain antioxidants.
  • Blackberries have salicylic acid, which is the same active ingredient in aspirin.
  • Broccoli is a powerful antioxidant. It contains vitamin C and calcium.
  • Cheese (dairy and soy) contains calcium for stronger bones. Strong bones are important to prevent osteoporosis and fractures.
  • Chili peppers are filled with capsaicin, which gives food a spicy kick and fights inflammation. The hotter the food, the more capsaicin, and the greater the benefit.
  • Curry, ginger, mustard, and turmeric, which contain curcumin, an anti-inflammatory.
  • Green tea (or black tea that contains theaflavins) has strong phytochemicals that help protect the body. They short-circuit the process that leads to inflammation.
  • Olive oil forms chemicals in the body that decrease inflammation.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids can decrease inflammation. Such fish as salmon, sardines, and tuna are good sources.
  • Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps reduce inflammation.
  • Red grapes contain resveratrol, which protects against coronary disease and cancer, and antioxidants.
  • Soy milk may decrease pain. It is low in saturated fat, and tofu is an excellent meat substitute.
  • Walnuts contain vitamin B6 for healthy nerve/cell communication.
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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You do not always need drugs to dull your pain. There are snacks that can save you from sickness. Learn more in this video from Dr. Oz.

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