Green Tea: Green tea is not revered solely for its anti-cancer, weight loss and brain protecting benefits. It is also a muscle relaxant and contains high amounts of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has shown powerful anti-inflammatory properties and success with different types of joint pain. If you are not thrilled by the taste of a hot cup of green tea, mix it up a bit by serving it cold with ginger juice and mint or squeeze a fresh lemon into a glass, add some ice and top it up for delicious green tea lemonade. Green tea is a great base for sauces and marinades, as well as fruit smoothies.
I have posted several times about the benefits of green tea: Green Tea Boosts Your Brain, Green Tea for St. Patrick’s Day and Every Day, Dr. Oz on Chia Seeds and Green Tea, Green Tea Helps to Fight the Flu, How Healthy is Tea Drinking?
Michelle Schoffro Cook June 19, 2014
Don’t let pain stop you from enjoying summer’s social activities. The next time you have a picnic or invite friends over for a barbecue, try some of these proven pain-fighters to enhance the flavor of your meal as well as your enjoyment of the experience:
Ginger: Fresh, chopped ginger is amazing in summertime drinks, desserts and Asian-inspired dishes. It is a digestive aid with analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and has been found effective for people suffering with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. James Duke Ph.D, herb expert and author of the classic book, The Green Pharmacy (St. Martins, 1997), also recommends using ginger externally. He uses hot ginger in a compress to alleviate abdominal cramps, joint pain and headaches. (But ginger tastes so good, I’d much rather eat it than wear it.)
Mint: Who doesn’t like the taste and aroma of mint?…
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