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Pain Relief Foods:
Certain Foods Can Increase or Decrease Pain

According to Neal Barnard, M.D., author of several books on the healing properties of foods, certain foods are excellent painkillers, especially green leafy vegetables and beans.

Foods That Decrease Pain

The following foods help cool the body's inflammatory response, act as analgesics on pain nerves and work within the brain to reduce sensitivity.

apples apricots avocados bananas
beans beets berries broccoli
cabbage cantaloupe carrots cauliflower
celery chard cherries cucumber
currants dates figs garlic
ginger grapes kale lettuce
mangoes melons mushrooms olives
papaya parsley peaches pears
peppers potatoes pumpkin radish
raisins soybeans spinach squash
sweet potatoes turnips

Foods That Increase Pain

Some foods may Increase pain (avoid or limit them). The worst include:

alcohol coffee chocolate citrus fruits
corn dairy eggs meat
nuts salt sugar wheat
tea barley oats rye

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