Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
As Azar explains, The Tin Man may not be the only one whose joints can benefit from a bit of oil. Extra-virgin olive oil, or EVOO, contains antioxidants called polyphenols that protect the body from inflammation, taming aches and pains. A 2005 study published in the journal Nature also found that the oil contains oleocanthal, a naturally occurring phenolic compound that prevents the production of pro-inflammatory enzymes.
How to Eat It: According to the study, about 3 1/2 tablespoons of EVOO is equivalent to a 200-mg tablet of ibuprofen. Try making an olive oil based salad dressing, or brushing it on meats or vegetables before cooking.Back to top