Far too many people deal with inflammation, which is an automatic biological immune response and the body's way of protecting and trying to rid itself of harmful microorganisms. Inflammation can be very painful and many people who deal with it seek relief from over the counter and prescription drugs. If you are dealing with the discomfort of aching joints, studies indicate you may be able to obtain relief by eating certain foods. Blueberries, raw oats, Dark Chocolate, Green Tea, and ginger are five items that, when consumed on a regular basis, have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and decrease pain levels.

Raw Oats blueberries and green tea are suggested for decreasing inflammation

Green tea is loaded with catechins, which are a type of flavonoid that has anti-inflammatory properties and is an anti-oxidant. Catechins help remove cancer-causing free radicals from the body and green tea has the most powerful one, EGCG (epigallocatechin). Raw oats are considered a resistant starch, which means they pass through the body undigested. This undigested food complements the healthy bacteria in the digestive system and reduces inflammation.

The anti-oxidant content in Blueberries is pretty high and will protect cells from damage related to free radicals and also is rich in vitamin C and resveratrol.

Together they reduce excess inflammation in the body which in turn decreased pain. Blueberries are also a delicious fruit that is low in calories and will count as one of the recommended daily servings of fruit.

Dark chocolate and ginger have anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties

Dark chocolate is both delicious and nutritious.

Breakfast cereals, protein bars, breakfast bars and many candies now offer dark chocolate versions. Cocoa contains polyphenols, which in addition to their anti-inflammatory benefit, also have been shown to be heart healthy and lower blood sugar levels. Just a little dark chocolate a day may help you keep the pain away.

The active anti-inflammatory ingredient in ginger is gingerols, which fights the genes within the body that encourage inflammation.

In addition to keeping your pain level down, ginger also helps prevent nausea and is also beneficial for digestive issues. Consider these five foods and even combine them. You could sip a cup of green tea with ginger while eating a mixture of blueberries, raw oats, and dark chocolate. Simply mix together in a jar dark chocolate, blueberries, some nuts, and raw oats and let it sit overnight. The next morning you will have a delicious snack.