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10 Foods to Tame Your Pain

Headaches, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other forms of ongoing pain affect an estimated 25 million adults, or 11 percent of the population. If you’re one of them, you don’t have to suffer. Try these ten foods to ease everyday pain, and keep your body healthy and strong.

1 Peanut butter is rich in magnesium, which promotes muscle relaxation and has an analgesic effect. Magnesium deficiencies encourage the body to overproduce substance P, a chemical linked with increased feelings of pain. Peanut butter also contains resveratrol, which can ease joint pain in arthritis by reducing inflammation and protecting cartilage. TRY THIS: combine peanut butter, frozen bananas, and milk for a creamy smoothie; mix peanut butter with coconut milk, ginger, and curry for a fast simmer sauce; stir peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon into cooked oats for a protein-packed breakfast bowl.

Fresh ginger root grate a whole ginger root, squeeze the juice into a jar, then add sparkling water and sweeten with agave for homemade ginger ale; add ginger root, garlic, and lemongrass stalks to coconut milk, simmer for 20 minutes, and strain for a flavorful soup base; cut ginger into matchsticks and stir fry with shallots, snow peas, carrots, and mushrooms.

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