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14 Foods that Fight Inflammation and Pain

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14 Foods that Fight Inflammation and Pain

Some of the best healing remedies to overcome inflammation also taste fabulous (I can’t say that about any prescription medications). Plus, foods won’t cause the nasty side effects common to most pain medications.

1. Blueberries: Blueberries are also excellent anti-inflammatory foods. They increase the amounts of compounds called heat-shock proteins that decrease as people age.  When heat-shock proteins are in short supply inflammation, pain and tissue damage is the result.

2. Cayenne Pepper: Ironically, cayenne pepper turns DOWN the heat on inflammation due to its powerful anti-inflammatory compound capsaicin.

3. Celery and 4. Celery Seeds: James Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy, found more than 20 anti-inflammatory compounds in celery and celery seeds in his research, including a substance called apigenin, which is powerful in its anti-inflammatory action.  Add celery seeds to soups, stews or as a salt substitute in many recipes.

5. Cherries: While many people opt for aspirin as their first course of action when they feel pain, Muraleedharan Nair, PhD, professor of natural products and chemistry at Michigan State University, found that tart cherry extract is ten times more effective than aspirin at relieving inflammation.

6. Dark Green Veggies: Veggies like kale and spinach contain high amounts of alkaline minerals like calcium and magnesium.  Both minerals help balance body chemistry to alleviate inflammation.

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1:24AM PST on Feb 27, 2014

Thank you

1:10AM PST on Feb 17, 2014

Good to know, thank you! Good thing many of these are already some of my favourite things to snack on!

8:01PM PST on Feb 4, 2014

wow!! need to grow my own berries... :-))

11:23AM PST on Jan 28, 2014

For Your Information: Cherries, celery, blueberries, peppers, and most green veggies are high in pesticides if conventionally grown.

12:13AM PST on Nov 18, 2013


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12:27AM PST on Nov 8, 2013

great share

4:45PM PST on Nov 5, 2013

I now know why celery was served up with the hotwings I ordered with the top of the restaurants scale called 'Blazin'. Apparently, they knew something I didn't and I don't remember if there was any mention of the purpose.
I'll give that a try. Thanks! :)

1:15AM PST on Nov 5, 2013

Thank you

4:40PM PDT on Nov 2, 2013

Thank you !

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