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iVillage: Foods That Fight Chronic Pain

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Ginger, Hail!

Ginger’s medicinal uses—from treating headaches to motion sickness to the common cold—date back more than 2,000 years. Recent research shows that consuming ginger may alleviate pain and other symptoms related to osteoarthritis. In one study of people with osteoarthritis of the knees, doctors at the University of Florida found that participants who consumed ginger for six weeks were more likely to note improvement of their pain upon standing than people who did not consume ginger. “Ginger offers both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits,” says Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, an anesthesiologist and nutritionist and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “You can use it either fresh or dried in teas, stir fries, baking and many other ways.”

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