A change in your diet be the newest prescription for beating pain.
A study just released from the British Medical Journal says a few foods might make a big difference in easing what hurts, especially if you experience knee pain.
It turns out that the latest pain-fighting foods in the study were found to be fruits and vegetables, as well as beans, nuts and whole grains.
Researchers found that those who ate more of those foods reported less joint pain in the knees.
These foods are known to fight inflammation, which may be part of why they work to ease aches and pains, but this study says what really makes them effective is that they are high in fiber.
As part of this trial researchers looked at 5,000 adults. Those who were the top fiber eaters, about 22-27 grams a day, reported 30 to 60 percent less knee pain compared to those who ate a lot less, about only 9 to 14 grams. It's suggested you get 21 to 38 grams a day.
The average person eats less than 8 grams a day.
A good bowl of cereal in the morning might give you five grams of fiber in a cup. So maybe have a couple of good bowls of cereal or adjust your diet accordingly.
It’s great if you exercise, but you don’t want what you eat and drink to negate even part of the gains you make. In a recent study published in The Journal of Physiology, researchers at the University of Copenhagen took a look at the effect of resveratrol—the compound found in red wine—on the body.
Twenty-seven sedentary but healthy men between the ages of 60 and 72 took either resveratrol or a placebo every day and participated in interval training twice a week for eight weeks. By the end of the study, men who took the placebo had better oxygen capacity than those who took resveratrol.
Researchers concluded that exercise is better than a pill for your health, and too high a level of antioxidants in the blood might even block the effect of cardiovascular exercise in some people such as older men, making it harder to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. (However, the amount of antioxidants administered in the study was much higher than what you can get in a regular diet.)