NeuroPain Clinic's Anti-Inflammatory Pain Management Dietary Guide

  Inflammation causes pain thru activation of chemicals called cytokines and substance p at joints, muscles and nerves. Chronic inflammation means chronic pain. Additionally, excess inflammation has been associated with cancers and with heart disease, the latter thru inflammation of the vascular system, generating plaque formation inside arteries.   

In addition to injuries which naturally  elicit inflammation, a major source of tissue inflammation is one's diet. The more inflammatory the diet, the more inflammation and pain the person is apt to have.  

Inflammation = Pain        Pain = Inflammation 

Our Anti-Pain Diet Guide is Below;

Below That are the 11 Supplements Which Combat Joint Pain 

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Anti-Pain Diet Guide

Here are the foods that are HIGHLY anti-inflammatory, and significantly reduce the total amount of inflammation in one’s body. Most of these are also anti-oxidants:

  Coffee, Cherries, Olive Oil, Ginger, Salmon, Cabbage, Cocoa, Cayenne Pepper, Cinnamon, Tumeric, Garlic, Broccoli,  Cauliflower, Oregano, Soy beans, Pineapple,  Strawberries, Blueberries, Acai Berries, Onions, Omega-3  

All of these foods should be consumed as much as possible, and eaten freely. 

  Note: these lists were synthesized from multiple sources; there is, of course, some disagreement among nutritionists as to which list a few of the foods should belong. Overall the above is a widely accepted listing. 

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Moderately anti-inflammatory foods include:

  Albacore tuna,  Herring, Halibut, Trout,  Spinach, Carrots, Green Beans,  Kale, Leaks, Turkey, Tomatoes, Apples, Cranberries, Lemons, Brussels Sprouts, Coconut oil, Almond oil, Avocado oil, Brown Rice, Barley, Buckwheat, Green Tea, Almonds, Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Cashews, Macadamias, SunFlower Seeds  


  Relatively neutral Foods:  

Chicken,  Chicken Eggs,  Duck, Goose, Wild game (elk, bison, deer),  Sirloin Steak, Flank Steak, Rainbow trout, Cod, Snapper, Tuna (regular), Whitefish   


Bottom line: Maximize anti-inflammatories, Minimize inflammatories.  Each neutral foods freely.  

NOW, here’s the VERY BAD list: these foods are Pro-inflammatory and should be avoided:

  Cornstarch, Corn Syrup, Corn Bread,  Doughnuts, Egg Rolls, Refined sugar Candy, Sugared cakes, All fast food, Jams,  jellies, Pancakes, Pizza, Pasta, Popcorn, White Rice, Potatoes, Shortening, Sodas, Corn chips,  All sugars, Tortillas, All Pork (esp bacon), Anchovies, Trans Fats, MSG, MilK, Gluten,  smoked foods and those with nitrites, White bread  


 No one can completely avoid some inflammatory foods, unless you’re on the Mediterranean type diet which, by the way, is the one of the most anti-inflammatory diets on the planet. 

The thing to do is use inflammatory foods in very low amounts, and maximize anti-inflammatory foods. Some experts say that PRO-flammatory foods should be eaten like most people eat turkey, at holidays and special occasions.   

11 Anti-Joint Pain Supplements

Boswellia extract supports joint comfort and flexibility — and starts balancing inflammatory response in as little as 5 days! The Biblical incense frankincense was an extract from the resin of the tree Boswellia sacra. 

Glucosamine (found naturally in the shells of shellfish; o/w synthesized)
Helps keep joints lubricated, promotes proper joint function, and supports healthy inflammatory response 

Chondroitin (a chain of sulfated sugars, derived from cow trachea, and pig snouts & ears) Blocks enzymes that break down cartilage and supports normal joint fluid balance 

Bromelain (a protein derived from pineapples)
Puts the brakes on joint pain, swelling, and irritation 

Turmeric (derived from the curcuma plant, in the ginger family)
With its active ingredient curcumin, turmeric reduces chemical irritation to the soft tissues around joints to reduce pain, swelling, and stiffness 

Green Tea Leaf Extract (derived from Camellia plant; contains anti-inflammatory polyphenols) Contains powerful antioxidant EGCG to block free radicals and pain-producing chemical joint irritants  

Pomegranate Fruit Extract (fruit that originates in Iran & India; strong anti-oxidant) Slows deterioration of cartilage and reduces joint-irritating inflammatory chemicals  

Piperine (alkaloid from black pepper; modulates pain receptors)
Helps reduce cartilage destruction and provides further antioxidant benefit 

Holy Basil (from your garden or grocery store)  Inhibits COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes that cause joint irritation  

Vitamin C (native in many fruits; widely available in stores)
Lowers risk of cartilage loss and joint damage progression 

Vitamin E (supports regeneration of damaged tissues)
Defends against joint-damaging free radicals and supports balanced inflammatory process  

Some of these and other supplements have a strong anti-pain research base; others not so much.  However, including the above agents in your diet or supplement regiment is likely to reduce your inflammatory pain load to some degree.  

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