Many studies have reported various benefits for turmeric, says Massey. "The curcumin found in turmeric is an antioxidant which may help lower two specific enzymes in the body that are linked to inflammation," she says. In 2010, researchers examined the impact of a special blend of turmeric on 50 osteoarthritis patients. After 90 days, 58 percent of these patients reported less pain and stiffness than the control group.
Koff adds that in addition to turmeric, ginger can also provide powerful anti-inflammatory benefits that rival aspirin or chronic pain medication in effectiveness. Add these foods to your diet or take them in supplement form on a regular basis to reduce chronic low grade inflammation in the body, which exacerbates pain. Turmeric and ginger also help relieve acute aches and pains, says Koff.