Pain, of any severity is uncomfortable and many people will automatically turn to over the counter pain relievers. However, popping pills isn’t a good idea either because it can cause severe liver damage over time. Therefore, it is important to find alternative, healthier methods of treating pain. One of the best methods to alleviate pain is through diet. Surprisingly, there are many foods that can ease or completely eliminate many different types and causes of pain. The top five are listed below.

Berries

An assortment of different berries such as blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries have anti-pain and anti-inflammatory properties that are extremely effective in treating pain.

Ginger

High levels of prostaglandin in the body are responsible for causing pain. Ginger can decrease these levels thereby eliminating pain and inflammation. The recommended dosage is between 500 and 1,000 milligrams per day.

Fish

Certain types of fish such as salmon, mackerel, and herring are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Both omega-3’s and fish oils work directly with the immune system by converting into hormone substances that decreases pain and inflammation. Additionally, fish is known to suppress more than 40% of cytokines, which are the compounds that are responsible for destroying joints.

Oranges or Orange Juice

This food contains high levels of beta-cryptoxanthin. This substance is responsible for acting as an anti-inflammatory.

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Red Grapes

The skins of grapes contain resveratrol. Resveratrol inhibits cyclooxygenase or COX which is the enzyme that is responsible for causing pain. Grapes are much similar to pain relievers in that the resveratrol blocks the COX enzyme but unlike aspirin or other pain relievers, it is safer because it allows the lining of the stomach to heal. It is important to realize that different foods work to treat differently types of pain and that not all foods will work for everyone. Therefore, try eating a variety of foods to manage your pain and continue to eat the ones that work. A good rule of thumb is to eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.