The 4 Best Foods to Relieve Pain

By on February 14, 2013
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35 percent of American adults suffer from chronic pain, according to the American Chronic Pain Association. Although over-the-counter and prescription drugs play an important role in managing aches and pains, research has found some foods may help fight ailments naturally. Here, 4 foods that can significantly reduce pain levels, and delicious ways to eat them. Use this researched-based knowledge to cook up some sensational and soothing dishes.

Salmon

Salmon

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Helps Soothe:  Inflammation. The essential fatty acids found salmon can ease joint and muscle stiffness. Salmon can also relieve back pain by boosting blood flow and reducing inflammation in blood vessels and nerves. Replacing animal protein with fish proteins may also ease osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis pain, according to a 2005 Scandinavian Journal of Nutrition study.

Try this: Line the rack of broiler pan with foil and preheat. Place four 6-ounce pieces salmon fillets, skin side down, on broiler pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Combine 1 minced garlic clove with 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon paprika, and 2 teaspoons of light mayonnaise in a large bowl and stir together. Spread the mixture over the fish and broil for about 8 minutes, or until fish is cooked through.

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Dana Leigh Smith
Dana Leigh Smith
Contributing Writer at ExcelLiving.com
Dana Leigh Smith is a health-and-wellness professional based in New York. She has written for several health magazines, including "Women's Health," and "Health" and also has experience in community health education. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in health and wellness from Syracuse University and is working towards her Master of Public Health at Hunter College.
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