Foods that Fight Inflammation and Reduce Back Pain

We often experience back pain or joint pain as a result of inflammation, which is inflammation of the joint. A joint may become inflamed or painful as a result of a traumatic injury, degenerative changes to the soft tissues that support the joint, and systemic inflammatory disease.

What is inflammation? What is inflammation, and why does it affect us the way it does? Inflammation is the response of the body to injury or damage to body tissues, and processes of the body to removed damaged tissues and replaces them with healthy ones. Inflammation is one of the protective mechanisms that the body has in response to joint injuries and associated destabilization of that joint. In most cases, the result of inflammation is the removal of injured tissues and the healing process that involves the rebuilding of new healthy cells in tissues. Some of the possible negative aspects associated with inflammation include pain and possibly the destruction of joint and bone those results from continued, long-term inflammation.

Chronic inflammation may lead to the destruction of bone, and the replacement of the lost bone with new bone that either changes the shape of the bone or causes the bone to thicken or grow over soft tissues. This abnormal bone replacement may cause conditions such as osteophytes (bone spurs), spinal stenosis, and even reduce the mobility of the ligaments and tendons. Chronic inflammation of joints should be closely monitored and treated in order to prevent disease, arthritis, and disability.

Medications are either introduced to the body orally or by injection, to control or prevent joint-related inflammatory back pain. These anti-inflammatories work to prevent the release of certain chemicals that promote the inflammatory process. Over the counter or medically prescribed anti-inflammatories typically block the release of prostaglandins and/or leukotrienes, which are chemicals that are released by injured cells to stimulate the inflammatory process. Though the blocking of the release of prostaglandins and leukotrienes has the effect of relieving pain and reducing inflammation, their reduced levels also impair healthy body processes. Often patients take medically prescribed anti-inflammatories despite the risk of side effects, because of the need for some pain relief in order to lead a relatively normal life.

Fortunately, there are natural plants, fruits, and herbs that act as natural anti-inflammatories and are not typically associated with side effects or toxicity. Let's take a look at what may be available to naturally treat joint pain inflammation and back pain.

Jojoba oil - Jojuba oil is a liquid wax that can be extracted from the jojuba plant, which is indigenous to the Southwestern United states and northwestern Mexico. Jojuba oil is an ingredient in many types of shampoos and other types of cosmetics products. Jojuba oil may be converted to an oral capsule or supplement as natural anti-inflammatory, or rubbed onto the skin to treat orthopedic pain.

Omega-3-Fatty Acids. Omega-3 fatty acids and oils either come from fish or plants such as flaxseed or echium. Extracts and foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids help to promote natural grown in people, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and to inhibit the release of chemicals that stimulate inflammation.

White Willow. White willow is a tree that grows naturally in Europe and central Asia, near bodies of water. The bark of this tree has been mentioned for its medicinal benefits in ancient Middle Eastern texts and even in the journals of Hippocrates. The bark of this tree has been used for thousands of years in the treatment of pain as well as other medical conditions.