Here are some alternative methods to ease joint pain and discomfort.
The consumption of sulfur-rich foods may help to lessen pain by reducing inflammation in the joints. Examples of foods containing sulfur are lentils, broccoli, cabbage, avocados, coconut, soybeans and garlic.
Foods high in antioxidants like red beans, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries and artichokes also work to reduce inflammation. These potent antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which can damage cartilage and cause pain.
Curcumin, which is found in the spice turmeric, has potent anti-inflammatory properties, similar to NSAIDs such as ibuprofen. It has been shown to be as effective as the prescription drugs cortisone and phenylbutazone in reducing inflammation. In one study of men experiencing surgery-related hernia, curcumin significantly reduced tenderness, as compared to drugs or a placebo.