Help Patients Eat Pain Away
Pain often is related to inflammation. Research is showing that certain foods that inhibit inflammation can provide relief from pain symptoms. Omega-3 fats (found in fish, flax seed and walnuts); omega-9 fats (found in olive oil, avocados, pecans, almonds, peanuts, cashews, sesame oil, pistachio nuts, and macadamia nuts); and the antioxidants in vegetables, fruits, and spices all play a role in the inflammatory response. Keeping these foods handy can offset the need for medication. Although no set diet has been established to treat chronic or acute pain, clinicians can suggest a number of food items that may offer some relief for their patients with pain. These include cherries, oranges, peaches, kiwi, cranberries, asparagus, cauliflower, and soy. Some spices, such as parsley and capsaicin, feature antioxidants that can relieve pain. Additionally, clinicians can recommend making some dietary adjustments, such as exchanging fish for other proteins, making canola the oil of choice, adding nuts to salad, substituting avocados for cheese in sandwiches and other dishes, including salad as an appetizer, and adding flax to yogurt and hot cereal. For more information, visit the Florida Pain Relief Centers website at: http://www.pinellaspain.com/or call (727)-518-8660 for more information.