When suffering from nonspecific back pain, most people know about using hot or cold packs, taking over-the-counter pain relievers, and stretching or gentle exercise such as yoga. However, you also might consider supplementing your healthy diet with nutraceuticals, foods that sometimes have a therapeutic benefit. While healing food supplements might not solve back pain on their own, they have been studied as part of a multidisciplinary treatment plan to address low back pain. Nutraceuticals such as Omega-3 fatty acids, curcumin, and polyphenols may help support other traditional treatments as prescribed by your physician. Let’s look at the benefits offered for each one:
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are well-known for their anti-inflammatory effect on the body. The most common source is fish oil or fish oil supplements, but flaxseed can be a plant-based option. Omega-3 fatty acids have shown a preventative effect for heart disease as well as Alzheimer’s disease. Experiments on lab animals also have produced positive improvement in inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) and asthma. This anti-inflammatory ability makes Omega-3 fatty acids potential healing agents for neuropathic conditions like back pain.