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Do You Have Chronic Pain? Eat These Foods

admin - July 6, 2013

food for chronic pain

Chronic pain is often caused by inflammation in the body. Certain conditions, like arthritis, go hand-in-hand with inflammation. Inflammation is a natural part of your body’s immune response to oxidative stress. This type of stress occurs when the body undergoes more cell damage than it can handle, resulting in inflammation and chronic pain.

Taking over-the-counter medications like aspirin and ibuprofen may relieve the pain temporarily, but they fail to address the underlying cause of the pain – inflammation. Certain foods, however, contain ingredients that directly impact inflammation and can therefore help to decrease and prevent chronic pain.


Compared to beef, pork, poultry, and dairy proteins, fish provides more of the omega-3 fatty acids that help stop inflammation. Salmon is especially high in omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients have been directly linked to improvements in symptoms of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Herbs and Spices

Tumeric, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, tart cherry, curry and rosemary are all herbs and spices that contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. Tumeric is an especially powerful spice because it has been seen to inhibit the formation of inflammatory prostaglandins and COX inhibitors – the same goal of medications like Vioxx and Celebrex.


A wide variety of plants have been seen to combat chronic pain symptoms, especially kale, beans, lentils, and all dark green, red, orange, yellow, blue and purple fruits and vegetables. They work because they are fibrous, low in calories, and full of nutritious flavonoids. Eating too many processed foods and not enough unprocessed foods like vegetables can raise blood glucose, insulin production and, inevitably, pain-causing inflammation.


Probiotics like Greek yogurt contain live microorganisms that help supplement the good bacteria already in your digestive system. They are also found in other fermented foods like kimchee, sauerkraut and kefir and are a major source of vitamin D. Healthy bacteria in the body can be destroyed from things like poor nutrition, stress, smoking and air pollution, so eating foods with probiotics helps to restore the necessary bacteria.

As you age, your body becomes more susceptible to chronic pain caused by inflammation. Even if you don’t have arthritis, you could still be dealing with chronic pain. Instead of temporarily relieving the symptoms, get to the bottom of the problem by addressing the cause. Eat more of the foods above to prevent unwanted chronic pain.


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2 Comments so far
  1. Kim Bohannon - July 20, 2013 at 3:35 am

    When I changed my diet to no high fructose corn syrup, no chemicals, limited but only natural sugar sources, real dairy w/o additives, limited – only local grass fed beef, wild Alaskan Salmon, Organic fruits & veggies pending their peel thickness, Always Organic milk & local free range brown eggs, and so on, to eliminate foods that cause inflammation, increase foods that help get rid of inflammation, not only did it help my RA pain levels, I lost 70 lbs. the first 6 months – without trying, as a “side effect” per se of my diet change – and, after 3 yrs, I did what my Rhuematologist said was impossible…I lowered my numbers per my blood tests! I love the foods I eat and if I over eat on desserts, the knuckle on my right hand will swell as my warning sign, that if I ignore, then my whole body will be involved in pain. But, I’ve been able to avoid the chemo drugs, and still keep the RA damage at minimum, even after 7 yrs. If I could afford it, all my food would be chemical free. Unfortunately, I have to choose the least harmful by doing lots of research. BTW- do not buy organic bananas! Not necessary – and evry time an organic plantation gets something they have to treat w/chemicals, they cut down more Rain Forest or Jungle to plant another Organic Patch. But, the peel is so thick, chemicals have never been found inside a banana. Clean hands after peeling or eat straight from peel w/o touching so no cross contamination for any of the few chemicals that may be there. Food – nutrition – definitely can can cause you pain and gain or nourishing joyful sustenance. I’m living proof, and so are many others.

  2. Dr. Lynn Webster - October 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    This is great stuff. Thanks for sharing such a great article. I have done a lot on pain research and this is great to see. The diet of a person is very important as you can tell from so many examples.

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