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Foods that fight inflammation might help ease pain

Foods that fight inflammation might help ease pain (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - It's that time of year where people may be thinking about trying to eat better in 2017.

If you notice that your back hurts, or your head hurts quite often, a recent report in Environmental Nutrition has a few foods that make the list for the anti-pain diet.

For many such as Anne Steichen, modifying a diet can help reduce, in her case, headache and migraine pain. Anne's medical team recently reviewed research which showed that one diet stands out to help fight pain. It works against inflammation and likely needs to be modified or adapted some for each person’s pain triggers.

Dr. Brinder Vij with UC Headache Medicine said, It's very important for each patient to give us a little more individualized context to allow us to modify it if we can.”

In addition to that short headache pain or perhaps inflammation from a joint injury like a broken ankle, it appears that inflammation can play a long term role in the body raising risk for cancer, heart disease, and arthritis. There is also some thought that what people eat over time then could reduce those risks and that's where the inflammation fighting diet comes in.

In many cases the diet balances what are called omega-3 and omega-6 fats.

“The omega-3 fatty acids are thought to decrease inflammation in the body. And the omega-6's are thought to increase inflammation in the body,” said Dr. Vince Martin.

According to a recent report in Environmental Nutrition, to get the balance people may want to add more broccoli, wheat, berries, and wild salmon to their diet. The best oil to fight inflammation appears to be olive oil. People may also want to add in more lentils, grapefruit, yogurt, and certain nuts such as Brazil nuts.

One of the best spices to help reduce inflammation according to Environmental Nutrition researchers is turmeric. It's the seasoning for curry.

People can get a blood test for inflammation if they ask their doctor about it. It tests CRP or C-Reactive Protein. People want a CRP under three.

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