There are a bunch of foods that keep you stuck in pain. Eat them and you’re practically asking for trouble.
If you missed our 5 Worst Foods for Arthritis presentation you can watch it here:
Now, let’s get into the 7 Superfoods that Silence Pain!
But life isn’t all about what you can’t do. That’s probably why so many people fail to stick to diets, even when we know it’s for our own good. We just don’t like feeling like we’re missing out on something by following some big list of don’ts.
Enjoy great foods… and get out of pain at the same time!
So how about we turn the tables on that and take a look at foods that aren’t only tasty, but can actually help end a lot of our pain. That’s right. Eat any of these superfoods and you’re not only enjoying your meal or snack, you’re actually fighting the inflammation that’s keeping you in pain.
Here are my seven favorite super foods that fight inflammation:
Jalapeno peppers – chop these up raw into your salsa for a great kick and pain relieving power
Dry roasted almonds – grab a handful of these tasty pain fighters for a snack
Carrots -they aren’t just for Bugs Bunny, enjoy them raw as a snack or on your salad
Broccoli – cooked or raw, broccoli quickly goes to work on inflammation too
Olive oil – just a single tablespoon drizzled on your salad has as much pain fighting power as an entire half cup of broccoli
Raw spinach – hope you love salads because adding some raw spinach to it will pump up your body’s ability to fight off systemic inflammation
Wild Alaskan salmon – my all-time favorite inflammation fighting food, wild Alaskan salmon is a heavyweight champion in a small package – a 3oz portion can fight inflammation as well as 6 cups of raw spinach!
Now those just happen to be some of my favorites. But there are a lot more foods that can help you end the pain caused by systemic inflammation. And, you probably already guessed plenty of foods that will keep you in pain.
Here is a power packed anti-inflammatory recipe for you!
Carrot Ginger Soup
Try This Delicious Carrot Ginger SUPER-HEALTHY Soup!
Here is a delicious soup I absolutely love, because it is also a powerhouse
source of nutrition. It contains key ingredients that can help fight inflammation
and pain, lower bad cholesterol and more. In fact, here is a quick rundown of the key health benefits of each of the ingredients.
Olive oil provides antioxidants that can both ward off free radicals that damage
your skin and also reduce inflammation – a key to disease prevention. Research
shows that people with higher intakes of olive oil had less sun-induced damage
to their skin. Plus, the monounsaturated fats in olive oil are wonderful for your
heart. They may help lower your total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and
normalize blood clotting, which can reduce your risk of heart disease.
Carrots are high in beta-carotene, the carotenoid responsible for the bright
orange color in the vegetable and a precursor for the production of vitamin A.
Vitamin A is essential for healthy skin, vision and immune system function, while beta-carotene is an antioxidant that research suggests may lower your risk of cancer and heart disease.
Garlic has both antibacterial and antiviral properties, potentially helping ward off infections like colds and the flu. Plus, garlic naturally improves the production of white blood cells and optimizes the efficiency of your antibodies, possibly due to its sulfur-based compounds like allicin, allium and N-acetylcysteine.
Onions contain quercetin, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant, along with sulfur-
containing compounds that are beneficial for your heart health, bones and
connective tissues. Moderate consumption of onions has also been linked with a
lower risk of several types of cancer.
Ginger is valued for relieving gastrointestinal symptoms including nausea. It also contains antioxidants and potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, which have been found to help reduce pain and improve mobility in people with chronic pain.
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has shown a wealth of health
potential including increased fat metabolism (helping to prevent obesity) and a
reduced risk of chronic diseases including diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and
cancer. It’s even been shown to help treat depression and fight inflammation,
helping to relieve chronic pain.
This savory spice contains curcumin, offering many of the health benefits of
turmeric (above). It’s also known to support heart health and ward off infections.
Spices such as cayenne pepper are powerful natural anti-inflammatories.
Their active ingredient, capsaicin, works to inhibit Substance P, a
neuropeptide that causes nerve fibers to swell and triggers inflammatory
processes and pain in your body.
Paprika also contains capsaicin, which in addition to fighting pain may also
help lower your risk of cancer.
Along with powerful anti-inflammatory properties, cilantro is well known for
natural cleansing and may bind to and help remove heavy metals.
Ingredients (makes 5 servings)
In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the onions for
about 5 minutes or until slightly brown. When the onions are brown, add the
carrots and sauté for another 2 minutes.
Add the ginger, garlic, honey, turmeric, curry powder, paprika, cumin, red
pepper flakes and cayenne pepper into the pot of vegetables. Stir and sauté
for another two minutes.
Slowly pour 4 cups of vegetable broth into the pot. Bring the mixture to a
boil and turn the heat down to a low setting. Cover the pot and simmer for
about 40 minutes, or until the carrots are tender.
Blend the soup using an immersion blender, food processor, or blender.
When the entire pot is blended, check it for consistency. If the soup is too
thick, additional vegetable broth may be added.
Add salt and black pepper to taste. Serve immediately with a dollop of
yogurt and dash of cilantro on top.
Nutrition (per serving)
Calories: 120 cal Total fat: 3g Saturated fat: <1g
Monounsaturated fat: 2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 197mg
Potassium: 370mg Carbohydrate: 19g Fiber: 4g Protein: 5g
Ingredients (makes 5 servings)
2 tablespoons olive oil
7 large carrots, peeled and
chopped into rounds
1/2 medium yellow onion,
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
and grated or minced
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Freshly ground black pepper and sea salt
4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
6 ounces fat-free plain Greek yogurt, to
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish
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