Food prescriptions to help ease your pain

Published On: Apr 02 2013 10:05:24 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 03 2013 06:40:00 AM EDT

When discussing what ails you ibuprofen might come to mind, but certain foods can have even more pain-fighting power than some drugs. We have three of the best food prescriptions for your pain.

Michelle Mehr’s heel has hurt for years, but instead of aspirin or another known pain reliever, she should have chosen organic tart cherries. Studies at Michigan State University say they contain anthocyanins and bioflavonoids, which means they may be ten-times stronger than aspirin.

For an aching back try papaya. It contains papain, an enzyme so useful that doctors use it in injections. But skip the supplements and go for the fruit for full advantage of all its antioxidants for inflammation.

For a throbbing head try tahini, a spread made from sesame seeds. It’s rich in magnesium which has been shown to alter brain chemicals thought to have a role in headaches and prevent muscle spasms.

Another pain fighting food is pineapple. This fruit contains bromelain, an inflammation-blocking enzyme that could help with knee pain.