I was chatting with my Mum recently and she was raving about the healing powers of banana peel on our skin. I had heard about this years ago but hadn’t really thought about it any further.
Anyway our chat got me thinking and I decided to do a little bit of research to find out what other natural foods are best for helping people struggling with aches and pains in their muscles and joints.
Here are my top five.
This is one of my favourite spices and it has got some seriously impressive anti-inflammatory powers. A study carried out by the University of Miami found that ginger extract can be as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen in helping relieve osteoarthritis pain, while also helping ease muscle aches.
I love a good curry and this common ingredient in curries is packed full of curcumin, which has many health-enhancing benefits. Like ginger, turmeric is used a lot in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to treat pain.
I have to admit this is a new one for me but it turns out cherries can be a valuable addition to your diet if you suffer from chronic pain. They are packed full of anthocyanin antioxidants, with several studies confirming that they can be as effective as some NSAIDs in relieving pain. Consuming cherries regularly can also help relieve aching muscles after exercise and also apparently lower the risk of gout.
Pomegranate seeds boast a variety of pain-fighting qualities. Like cherries, they contain anthocyanin antioxidants which help reduce inflammation in the body, while also containing ellagitannin antioxidants, which have been shown to treat pain as effectively as some NSAIDs.
Another absolute favourite of mine. Pineapples contain bromelain, which multiple studies have identified as being effective at relieving pain in your muscles and joints. It is also meant to be very good at helping with osteoarthritic pain and has been proven to ease cramps linked to inflammatory bowel disease.
As always, if you are struggling with muscle or joint pain and would like some information or advice, please feel free to get in touch and one of our highly qualified and fully insured osteopaths will be happy to help.
Thanks for reading 🙂