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Certain foods can help alleviate pain

July 25, 2012

For many seniors, living with joint and muscle pain is a part of life. While there are medications available to help alleviate the soreness, sometimes the only change older adults need to make is to their diet. AARP reports there are a number of pain-fighting foods that can make their way into a healthy lifestyle for seniors.

Grapes may be small, but experts maintain that they hold large pain-fighting capabilities. Researchers say the key to the benefits offered by grapes rests in resveratrol. The compounds can help prevent cartilage damage that causes back pain and can be found in a number of other popular foods including cranberries and blueberries.

Ginger also offers numerous benefits when it comes to reducing pain. Studies have shown that patients with knee pain experience an improvement after consuming ginger. The best news? It doesn't even have to be that much, just two or three teaspoons a day.

"That's not an overwhelming amount," researcher Christopher D. Black told AARP. "You could easily add that to a stir-fry or soup."

Making slight changes to their diet could help many seniors. According to figures from The National Council on Aging, around 7.5 million seniors take some form of pain medication.