Cherries May Be Natural Arthritis Pain Relief

May 7, 2008 by  
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Clearbrook Farms Michigan Red Tart Cherry PreservesIn 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

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11 Responses to “Cherries May Be Natural Arthritis Pain Relief”
  1. I’ve heard this before and yes fresh cherries are delicious.


  2. usha shah says:

    i am a rheumotod arthrthis patient. i am suffering from severe pain between 12 pm to 4 pm the pain increases from 12 pm and slowly reduces at 4pm. the pain between this period is so much that it is difficult to bear the pain. kindly help me with the solution? suggestion are invited?

  3. Good to know that cherries can help arthritis pain relief. I love cherries, but how much should you eat per day? I don’t want to get addicted of cherries. Lol 🙂

  4. Nancy says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I am really in search for some pain relief but I do not like to take prescribed medicine with all those side effects. I will give this a try.

  5. Anthony says:

    Actually I like to eat cherry. I think it’s great information. Thank you. I wish my comments could help your website.I am looking for ways to relieve the pain in my neck caused arthritis. I also find another website providing neck traction device at Anyone tried this neck traction device before?

  6. pete dixon says:

    most interesting …your site came up in response to my query as to whether it’s possible that my osteoarthritis of the knees (diagnosed) was really stress induced musculosketetal problems as I’ve just come back from a week in France,where my pain was well diminished…this I thought due to not being stressed….BUT I was staying with friends..they had cherry trees and every day I ate fresh cherries…more than I would at home…BINGO could it be this? I wasn’t all that relaxed over there to account for reduced stress being the solution but I did eat a lot of cherries..never heard of this treatment before or I;d have googled cherries and arthritis!!
    Thank You

  7. Jay says:

    Cherries are beautifull little fruits and pretty easy to grow, if you can stop the birds getting to them.

    I blog at about diet helping people who are living with Fibromyalgia, so I find the use as cherries as a help in natural pain relief re arthritis very interesting.

    I’m thinking of finding out about this from the Fibromyalgia point of view!

    Great info!

  8. Lari says:

    Your blog is very informative, thank you. I am looking for ways to relieve the pain in my neck caused by arthritis. I found this blog about a neck traction device: Would you happen to know if that sort of device is any good? Please remove the link if it is against your blog policy. I would be grateful for some advice.

  9. james says:

    Arthritis pain relief methods range from drugs on the one hand, to a focus on entirely natural ingredients on the other. The Answer to Arthritis Pain in a Delicious Drink(Glucosamine and Chondroitin) or Pain Medication (Tramadol, Ultram and other). Big Help during Flare-Ups I take Tramadol on an “as-needed” basis on days when the pain flares out of control. The only side effect I’ve noticed is that if I take it much later than 3 or 4PM, I have trouble getting to sleep. It dials my pain level way back without turning my brain to mush, which is good because I need that thinking machine working for my job. I don’t take it on a regular basis, but after a couple of years had to increase the dose from 1 at a time to 1 1/2 and now 2 at a time just for pain relief. My arthritis is advancing, though, so I think the increased dose is more a factor of the RA rather than tolerance.

  10. Gloria says:

    thanks Gizmo!

  11. Gizmo says:

    I’ve heard this before and yes fresh cherries are delicious.

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