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Back Pain
Stress and wear and tear can all contribute to back pain. In order to make sure that your bones are strong and healthy it is important to maintain a diet that is rich in calcium. Other nutrients that can help to boost up your bones include manganese, bromelain, and vitamin D. Ginger may be beneficial because its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties may help to relieve the muscle aches and chronic pain associated with back pain.

Mega-Recipes
We believe that it's possible to manage and/or improve certain conditions through what you eat. When we create "Mega-Recipes" for an ailment, we strive to include the maximum number of the nutrients that are shown to have benefit for that ailment. We also expect the Mega-Recipe to contain at least 25% of recommended intakes for those nutrients. See the list of recipes that have met our criteria for this ailment.

What You Should Eat & Why

bromelain
Bromelain can ease the aching and stiffness of back muscles.
Leading Food Sources of bromelain: Pineapple

calcium
Calcium is a mineral that promotes bone density and may prevent the onset of osteoporosis, a crippling condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle.
Leading Food Sources of calcium: Broccoli, Amaranth, Milk, Bok choy, Yogurt, Soybeans, Tofu, Cheese, fresh, Beans, dried, Kale, Salmon

manganese
Manganese is a trace mineral that is beneficial for bone metabolism and growth.
Leading Food Sources of manganese: Beets, Broccoli, Barley, Rice, brown, Oats, Clams, Sunflower seeds, Tofu, Raspberries, Walnuts, Wheat, Amaranth, Quinoa, Almonds, Chocolate, Mussels, Blueberries, Pineapple, Brussels sprouts, Sweet potatoes

vitamin D
Vitamin D, the "sunshine vitamin," regulates blood levels of calcium and phosphorus, and is essential for the maintenance of healthy bones and cartilage. Without adequate vitamin D, calcium can't be properly absorbed from food or supplements. Individuals prone to back problems can benefit from extra vitamin D.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin D: Milk, Salmon, Tuna

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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