Anti-inflammatory Foods: Cherries

Ripe Cherries with Stem

Did you know that eating cherries can significantly reduce the pain caused by fibromyalgia, arthritis and injuries? Studies found that those who ate large amounts of cherries and drank cherry juice experienced less pain than those who ate smaller amounts or did not eat cherries. Another study found that patients diagnosed with gout better controlled their flare ups when adding cherries to their diets. If you suffer from any type of pain, it might be time that you change your diet.

Anti-inflammatory Properties

One reason why experts believe that cherries assist with pain reduction is because the fruit has anti-inflammatory properties. Whether you have a broken leg, a sprained wrist, arthritis or fibromyalgia, you know that when you experience swelling or inflammation, you experience more pain. Research into cherries found that the fruit has natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling.   Cherries may also provide some relief for those suffering from osteoporosis. Participants in a recent study experienced less stiffness in their joints and less swelling after drinking two glasses of cherry juice every day for several weeks.

How to Add Cherries to Your Diet

You can get the great benefits of cherries when you eat just a small handful every day. Researchers recommend that patients drink two eight ounce glasses of cherry juice every day or eat the equivalent of 40 to 50 fresh cherries. You can easily add fresh or frozen cherries to your morning smoothie, but you can also add a handful of fresh cherries to the salad you eat at lunch. You may even find that you like snacking on the fresh fruit in between meals. If you aren’t a fan of the taste, you can take cherry extract or use supplements that contain cherry extract. Whether you use supplements, extra, fresh or frozen cherries, you can bring an end to your daily pain.

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