What do a cup of coffee, a bowl of beans, and a couple of ibuprofen have in common? Surprising answer: They all reduce pain. “Popping a pill may be easier, but it does nothing to cure the underlying cause of your pain like eating the right foods can do,” says Beth Reardon, RD, director of integrative nutrition at Duke Integrative Medicine. And the number of foods proven to offer relief is growing Here are six common aches and pains and the foods that help fight them.

Achy joints—Cherries
Sore Muscles—-Ginger (tea)
Heartburn—Beans
Digestive pain—Peppermint, Coconut
PMS cramps—Nuts
Headaches—Coffee, Pumpkin seeds
Source: Prevention magazine July 2013