Nobody likes a headache, especially one that doesn’t seem to let up. While some turn to painkillers to thwart the occasional throbbing feeling, many are looking for more natural ways to get help. Thankfully, there are some everyday foods that boast a proven track record of success when it comes to pain relief.
Cherries contain anthocyanins, which give them their beautiful red color and also help to fight headaches. “They block inflammation and they inhibit pain enzymes, just like aspirin, naproxen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories,” says Muraleedharan Nair, natural products chemist at Michigan State University’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources.
Omega 3’s Please
Foods rich in Omega-3 such as wild salmon and fresh eggs help to reduce inflammation, which in turn can help beat the pain. In fact, consuming healthy Omega-3 fatty acids has shown to help to decrease the frequency, duration and severity of headache symptoms.
Spice It Up
Spicy foods such as chili peppers and jalapenos contain capsaicin, which has a key neuropeptide known as Substance P, that is beneficial for both migraine and sinus headaches.
In addition to adding headache fighting foods, look at what you are already eating and drinking. If your diet consists of a lot of processed foods with artificial ingredients, try swapping out junk for more simple, fresh foods and see if that helps. Also, make sure that you are drinking enough water, as dehydration can also cause headaches.