Dear Hungry For A Cure:
Yes—especially if you eat the rainbow! Studies show that eating anti-inflammatory foods (think berries!) and taking certain supplements (hey, Vitamin D!) can lower pain from musculoskeletal injuries (Medonca, 2020).
The power of food to help pain is related to inflammation. Inflammation is a normal process that helps the body heal after an injury, infection, or surgery. If left unchecked, however, inflammation can go on for prolonged periods (leading to chronic inflammation) and cause more harm than good by accidentally targeting healthy parts of body. Chronic inflammation is related to a lot of painful conditions including osteoarthritis and tendonitis. Thankfully, certain foods (like those berries you should be tossing in your breakfast bowl) contain powerful nutrients that can quiet inflammation and the pain that comes with it.
“Managing your diet and lifestyle are the two best ways to keep chronic inflammation under control,” says Christi Bowling, a Vori Health Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. “At Vori, we help you make more anti-inflammatory food choices and provide you with personalized supplement recommendations to help to alleviate your MSK pain.”
Make sure what you eat matters. Talk to a Vori Health nutritionist about the right recipes and supplements to help you feel your best.