10 Superfoods Scientifically Proven to Fight Chronic Pain and Inflammation

Guest post provided by David of SafeSymptoms.com.

 

Most diseases that plague our society have one thing in common: inflammation.

 

And, unfortunately, the more inflammation you have, the more pain you’ll be in. For this reason, it’s recommended you eat foods that reduce inflammation.

 

Below, we’ll show you 10 powerful anti-inflammatory foods you should be eating daily. 

 

#1: Chia Seeds

Most people aren’t getting enough omega-3 in their diets. If you weren’t aware, omega-3 has strong anti-inflammatory properties, and chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3s.

 

 

A serving of 2 tablespoons per day is enough to help reduce inflammation. They taste great, and you can sprinkle them over your oatmeal, pasta, salad, or any other dish you want.

 

#2: Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are filled with pain-fighting vitamins and nutrients. They contain anti-inflammatory flavonoids as well as various antioxidants that increase cellular health.

 

 

Examples of leafy greens include kale, spinach, and lettuce. Try to consume 1-3 cups per day to help fight pain and inflammation. Also, note that consuming leafy greens daily will reduce your chances of suffering from vitamin K deficiency.

 

#3: Broccoli

Broccoli is probably the best-known “superfood” on this list. Just one medium stalk per day is enough to fill many of your nutritional targets. For example, broccoli is loaded with folate, vitamin A, vitamin K, and vitamin C.

 

 

It also has 0.2 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, which is 13 percent of your daily value. Remember that intake of omega-3 fatty acids is the best nutritional way to reduce chronic pain.

 

Many of the foods on this list are loaded with them.

 

#4: Wild-Caught Salmon

People generally consume way too many omega-6 fatty acids and not enough omega-3 fatty acids. To balance things out, try eating more wild-caught salmon.

 

 

A single serving of salmon contains about 4 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, which is more than the recommended daily intake.

 

To help reduce pain and inflammation, try to eat salmon about 1-2 times per week. 

 

#5: Blueberries

No list of superfoods would be complete without blueberries. If you currently suffer from chronic pain, try adding about 1 cup of blueberries/day to your diet.

 

 

Blueberries also contain natural antioxidants that can increase the health of your cells. A single cup contains about 0.5 milligrams of manganese and about 25 percent of your daily value of vitamin K. The best part? They taste great!

 

#6: Nuts

Believe it or not, nuts can be an excellent dietary source of pain relief. Specifically, try to go with nuts like almonds and walnuts.

 

 

Various studies have shown how these can help reduce pain and inflammation. Just remember, nuts have a lot of calories, so enjoy them sparingly.

 

About 1/3rd of a cup per day is recommended.

 

#7: Flaxseeds

If you don’t like chia seeds, go with flax seeds. Both are quite similar as far as nutrition is concerned. Just 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds are enough to help you meet your recommended daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids.

 

 

Make sure that you buy them already ground because whole flaxseeds don’t digest well in the body.

 

#8: Hemp

Yet another type of seed we recommend is hemp seeds. Not only do they taste great (at least most people think so), they’re also effective at fighting the symptoms of arthritis and other inflammation-based diseases.

 

#9: Turmeric

Turmeric has been used for thousands of years to help fight chronic inflammation. People back then didn’t know why it worked—they simply knew that it worked.

 

 

This spice is very popular in Indian culture and contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. There are some studies that suggest it can also be good at preventing cancer, although this has not been made conclusive yet.

 

#10: Beans

The final superfood group we’re going to mention is beans. Not only are beans great for people suffering from chronic pain, they’re filled with fiber and nutritional compounds that help your body function optimally.

 

 

Good options include great northern beans, black beans, pinto beans, navy beans, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, and many others.

 

Note: For best result with beans, buy the organic kind that come in a bag, and cook them at home. (This helps you avoid BPA and food additives in canned beans that may worsen inflammation.)

 

These superfoods have been shown to help you in your fight against chronic pain and inflammation.

 

When you eat a varied diet filled with these and other nutrients, you will not only help your body heal itself on a deep level, you could even put your chronic inflammatory disease into remission!

 

Photos of flax, hemp, and turmeric drink courtesy of HealthWorks.com.

 

See also:

Heal Chronic Illness By Feeding Your Cells!

How Dehydration Worsens Chronic Pain

 

 

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