August 23, 2012Usually, when we discuss cherries, images of sweet, deep red cherries come to mind, and they're packed with goodness. However, recent research from the Oregon Health & Science University focusing on tart cherries is worth some serious attention! In fact, new research indicates that tart cherries have the strongest anti-inflammatory properties of all the various anti-inflammatory foods -- including turmeric, salmon, green tea, blueberries, and broccoli -- and may be beneficial for reducing joint pain for those suffering from joint problems and arthritis. Participants in the Oregon study inclued 20 women aged 40 to 70 years old who had been diagnosed with inflammatory osteoarthritis with a least one episode of joint swelling during the last year. Half of the women drank 10-1/2 fluid ounces of tart cherry juice twice a day for three weeks while the other half drank artificial cherry juice with identical calorie content and flavor. After three weeks, the women who who drank the tart cherry juice suffered from significantly less inflammation than those who had been drinking the the artificial juice. An earlier study by the same researcher also found that people who drank tart cherry juice as part of a long-distance running training regime reported significantly less pain after exercise than those who did not drink the juice. Antioxidants aren't the only benefit of tart cherries!
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