According the Arthritis Foundation, approximately 20 percent of Americans suffer from arthritis pain. This is an amazing 1 in 5 Americans or about 50 million who suffer with this painful daily. Many of these individuals are searching for natural relief for this debilitating pain.
Fortunately, research is pointing to tart cherries as a natural relief for arthritis pain. According the recent research, tart cherries can reduce inflammation and ease arthritis pain
As the number of individuals afflicted with arthritis increases, many are looking for natural alternatives to joint pain. While there are a number of natural ways to combat arthritis pain it seems that tart cherries and cherry juice keep rising to the top of the list for natural arthritis treatments? So let’s look at the evidence and validation why this ruby red super fruit is the first choice for those looking to stop arthritis pain naturally.
The Evidence for Tart Cherries and Tart Cherry Juice
In 2009, the Examiner.com website published an article how major league football players were drinking cherry juice for arthritis and gout pain. According to the website, the professional players were told by nutritionists that eating 45 cherries could reduce arthritis pain by reducing crystal deposits around the joints afflicted with arthritis. What is interesting is professional arthritic pain is common for professional football players. In 1992, The Coffin Corner reprinted an article from the Pioneer Press entitled Paying with Pain. In the article, Pioneer Press revealed the results of surveying 100 retired NFL players that in fact 65 percent of retired NFL players reported symptoms of arthritis, mostly osteoarthritis. So if this group is drinking cherry juice, then it may be a wise solution for others ot take a closer look, too.
Another website that had some information on tart cherries and arthritis was HealthLine.com. In an article entitled Drinking to Cure: Apple Cider Vinegar and Cherry Juice for Arthritis had additional evidence regarding this fruit and arthritis pain. In a double-blind study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism indicated that tart cherry juice may easing the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee.
The study found that participants who drank two bottle of cherry juice every day for a six week period enjoyed lesser pain than those in the placebo group.
Validation of Tart Cherries and Cherry Juice
Tart cherries, the ruby red fruit grown mostly in the Traverse Bay region of Michigan, contain natural Cox-1 and Cox-2 inhibitors. These help to block the pain signals sent in the body to tell the brain pain is present. According to a University of Michigan study conducted on rats, the subjects with a cherry-enriched diet experienced a reduction in inflammation markers of up to 50%. According to the published research, the natural compounds found in the tart cherries that are the main reason for this reduction in inflammation are Anthocyanins. Anthocyanins offer a broad range of health benefits including the relief of arthritis pain.
In addition to the University of Michigan research, Michigan State University (MSU) also conducted research on tart cherries. According to the MSU research, the Anthocyanins naturally found in tart cherries are at least 10 times more effective than common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including aspirin. These Anthocyanins help to neutralize swelling tissue and can even help to dissolve uric acid crystals that form in the joints.
How Anthocyanins Fighting Arthritis Pain?
Like other natural treatments, Anthocyanins are really amazing how they help the body to fight swelling cell and tissue damage. According to research, when a part of the body becomes inflamed the connective tissues begin to tear and separate. This inflammation causes the capillaries to break and burst. This damage causes the blood to spill over to surrounding area and tissue. Once this happens, the Anthocyanins rush to the damaged area and begin to combat any destructive enzymes. This helps to prevent further damage to the joints and help to relieve arthritis pain. In addition, anthocyanins help to restore the damaged tissues to its original state.
Tart cherry helps to restore the tissue, prevent inflammation and ease arthritis pain. So how much tart cherry is needed to benefit? According to research, 20 cherries is enough to combat the enzymes damaging the tissue and causing joint pain and inflammation.
Fresh Cherries, Cherry Juice or Tart Cherry Capsules?
Now that we know that the tart cherry helps to reduce arthritis pain, what is the best way to get the anti-inflammatory benefits? There are basically three ways to enjoy this tiny red fruit. The first is the enjoy the fresh fruit. While this may seem like a logical choice, in fact this is probably the least favored. The reason is the tart cherry is a very perishable fruit. This means, it is only available for a few short months during the summer harvest season. Thus, for the remaining eleven months of the year, you won’t be able to find fresh tart cherries.
The second choice is tart cherry juice. This is tangy, fruity drink to be enjoyed year round. This is a very convenient way to get the natural health benefits of the tart cherry. Cherry juice is made from tart cherry juice concentrate. To make you would simply mix one ounce of tart cherry juice concentrate with seven ounces of water to make a 100% pure tart cherry drink. However, if you’re watching your sugar intake, each glass of cherry juice delivers about 28 grams of sugar.
Tart cherry capsules are the third choice. While this doesn’t provide any sort of flavor you would enjoy with drinking a glass of cherry juice, it does provide 4 times the antioxidant benefits of drinking the tart cherry juice. The reason is the tart cherry capsules is made using the entire fruit including the pulp, juice and the skin of the fruit. Thus, with each serving you are enjoying the whole cherry.