2. Cayenne Spice
For some people, spicy foods can be the source of pain, and specifically digestive discomfort. But for those without these digestive issues, some spices can actually be the source of pain relief — particularly when it comes to muscle soreness.
Specifically, cayenne pepper, one of the most popular types of pepper, has been shown to help fight inflammation and significantly reduce muscle soreness. That’s because cayenne peppers contain capsaicin, a substance that has natural muscle-relaxing properties. Unlike some other types of spice, such as cumin or chili pepper, cayenne pepper doesn’t have a bold flavor, making it easy to add it to just about any time of dish.