Foods That Fight Pain

Stock up on these foods to naturally help ease your pain symptoms.

Foods That Fight Pain

By Ashley Koff, RD

Physical pain hurts, but did you know that it’s also one of the biggest triggers for overeating and making poor eating choices? That’s right, when in pain (think of anything higher than a 5 on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being feeling great and 10 being agony), many reach out for foods (sugar, comfort foods, extra servings) that will make them "feel better" emotionally. What’s worse is that this can actually contribute to more physical pain. Rather than reach for a pain pill, you can instead reach for the right foods, ones that help alleviate pain. Here’s what to stock up on.


Papaya

Papaya contains an enzyme, papain, that is so potent at fighting pain that doctors have even isolated it to use in injections for those suffering from back pain. Today, this enzyme is one of the most popular supplements being sold over-the-counter to address back and body pain due to over-exertion. And yet, when we take the supplement versus eating the papaya (1 cup of organic papaya), we miss out on the helpful pain-fighting antioxidants found in the orange flesh of the papaya. Add papaya to your next shopping list, incorporate into salads or smoothies, or even make it into a salsa to enjoy food-based pain relief.

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