In lieu of Arthritis Awareness Month this May, it is being said so many times (in practically every report on arthritis that’s coming out) 1 in 5 Americans have arthritis or that’s 46 million adults in America that are diagnosed with arthritis
In fact, arthritis is now being called the “coming epidemic”.
While it is a debilitating condition, researchers are non-stop in the hope to discover how to better manage the disease.
New research is pointing to tart cherries as potential natural pain relief against arthritis pain –this super fruit can naturally reduce inflammation and ease arthritis pain.
Such were the findings of researchers from the University of Michigan:
A new study by University of Michigan researchers revealed a cherry-enriched diet reduced inflammation markers in animals by up to 50 percent(2). Scientists believe it’s the anthocyanins — also responsible for cherries’ vibrant red color — that are responsible for this anti-inflammatory benefit. Other studies indicate that anthocyanins may be beneficial for a range of inflammatory-related conditions, including arthritis(3-5).
Studies also suggest antioxidant-rich foods, like cherries, may help reduce levels of nitric oxide, a compound associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis(6-8). Osteoarthritis currently affects 27 million Americans, with onset typically after 45 years of age(1).
“Cherries have a unique antioxidant profile that works similar to some types of pain medication,” said Russel Reiter, Ph.D., nutrition researcher at the University of Texas Health Science Center, who has studied the benefits of tart cherries for many years. “This is an important link in examining the role diet can play in reducing inflammation and preventing and managing related diseases and conditions.”
Indeed, arthritis is debilitating. As people age, so is the possibility of arthritis developing. There are even cases now wherein arthritis is suffered by young people.
So as in the campaign against cancer or diabetes, in arthritis the campaign is also to eat healthy and live healthier. Lifestyle, not only diet changes are being called for.
As America ages, so too will the prevalence of arthritis. Those afflicted are already looking to foods and beverages with health-promoting properties to optimize their health. In fact, a recent survey revealed most respondents would prefer to eat or drink foods with health promoting properties over medical treatment or dietary supplements.
Reducing joint pain and inflammation were among the priority conditions(9). Also in the survey, 81% of consumers said they’d add more cherries to their daily diet if they knew the health benefits were virtually equal to dietary supplements.
One other thing we can add to our diet (as suggested by this report) are tart cherries.
Cherries are available year-round in dried, frozen and juice forms. One serving of cherries is equal to 1/2 cup dried cherries, 1 cup frozen cherries, 8 ounces cherry juice or 2 tablespoons cherry juice concentrate.
Hmmm…are cherries nice to eat? I do wonder. That’s coming from somebody who hasn’t seen cherries in the fresh form. Are they? How difficult do you think they are in incorporating to America’s diet?
Source: Fox Business