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 3 foods that can help you fight joint pain.

Foods can nurture the body and cure your pain. 

Ginger (Halia)

Ginger fights joint inflammation. In a study published in the journal Arthritis comparing ginger extract to betamethasone and ibuprofen, drugs most often used for the treatment of osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis, ginger extract was found to be more powerful than ibuprofen and betamethasone in reducing cytokine production, which are immune-regulating compounds that can cause inflammation in the body, and are subsequently linked to  pain.

Foods rich in omega-3: 
  • Salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout 
  • Canola Oil
  • Chia Seeds
  • Flaxseeds
  • Soybeans (Roasted) 
  • Walnuts
Omega-3s  work to decrease inflammation by suppressing the production of enzymes that erode joint cartilage. They also help regulate the prostaglandins, which play a role in inflammation and thus pain.

Turmeric (Kunyit)  is a pain reliever because of its ingredient curcumin, which is the pigment that gives turmeric its distinct yellow-orange color. It is responsible for reducing inflammation in the body.

Curcumin in turmeric  has been shown to impact a wide range of genes in the body, inhibiting the activity and synthesis of cyclooxygenase-2 and 5-lipoxygenase enzymes responsible for inflammation.  
Turmeric is effective in the long-term treatment of knee arthritis pain.

Chili peppers & chillies
Chili peppers and chillies contain capsaicin, which is responsible for their heat in spiciness and is produced to protect the plant from fungal attack. It stimulates nerve endings and works to deplete a chemical called substance P, which sends pain signals back to the brain.

Capsaicin is also a common pain-alleviating ingredient in topical creams and koyok or patches. When applied externally on the skin, capsaicin produce a burning sensation, as they activate heat-receptor proteins, which trick your brain into thinking it is experiencing pain. When applied for sufficient time, the pain nerve cells become depleted thus they can no longer respond to anything that causes pain. Thus the initial discomfort of capsaicin in koyok can actually provide long-term relief at the site of pain.
Thus chilli peppers and chillies as food and capsaicin in creams and koyok offers relief as external application for joint pain.

Oranges with its vitamin C potency, contains an antioxidant called beta-cryptoxanthin. This antioxidant  has been shown to decrease the development of inflammatory joint conditions.

Oranges also help to reduce toxins in the body and prevent free radical damage, which could seriously reduce your chances of curing your inflammatory joint condition. 

Eat your way to a pain-free body.

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Yours in good health always,

Dee Dee 

Dr Dee Dee Mahmood, Regional Head Head(Raan ECU) and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University Australia. and multi winning Celebrity Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist. . Her scientific research on obesity was chosen for its impact on obesity in Asia and was accepted and presented at the President's Cup Award, American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Annual Meeting in Tacoma, Washington. Ambassadors to brands like Reebok, Norwegian Seafood Council, this TEDX  Speaker has several signature community programs to her name, Fat2Fit Asia and Walking Football for Health Asia. She conducts  synergy on community and corporate health and research collaborations internationally. 


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