I thought my joint aches were related to all the hiking and kayaking I did with my family this summer, but we’ve slowed down a lot in recent weeks and I still need to take painkillers every day. Is there a diet tweak that can help curb the pain naturally?

Yes! Preliminary research suggests that bromelain, an enzyme derived from pineapple, can effectively relieve joints with results similar to those seen with some medications. The wonderful thing about this enzyme is that it seems to curb the inflammation and swelling that triggers soreness, while also healing joint damage for long-term pain relief. What’s more, it does this without side effects—plus provides bonus health benefits that include improved digestion, reduced sinus troubles and stronger immunity.

To get the perks, enjoy ½ cup of fresh or frozen pineapple daily. If you have minor aches, the sweet treat should deliver enough bromelain to improve your symptoms within two to three weeks.

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