If you suffer from joint pain and inflammation, you might have found out that resorting to pain killers isn’t always the best (and certainly not a lasting) remedy.
Actually, they might be causing MORE harm to your health over time, says nutrition specialist Mike Geary. As is often the case with drugs, pain killers almost always have side effects… and many of them are even extremely addictive. Instead of relieving you from the problem you already have, they add another one to your list.
The good news is that there a lot of natural ‘super’ foods that can provide relief for joint pain and reduce inflammation without andy of the nasty side effects. These foods contain powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can’t just ease your joint pain but may also kill inflammation in it’s tracks, says Geary.
In his book The Top 101 Foods that FIGHT Aging he goes into great detail on how eating certain natural foods may not only reduce inflammation and all the health issues associated with it but also help you look and feel younger.
Best fruit to fight inflammation
So, what is one of the single MOST powerful anti-inflammatory foods you should start eating if you want to fight inflammation and relieve joint pain?
According to Geary, it’s… tart cherries (or tart cherry extract or concentrate).
Tart cherries contain anthocyanins and phenolics which have been shown in numerous studies to have a powerful effect in reducing the inflammation that is so often the root cause of joint pain. In fact, according to researchers from the Oregon Health & Science University, tart cherries have the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food.
A study of athletes who competed in Oregon’s Hood to Coast Relay showed runners who consumed Montmorency cherry juice for a week prior to the race and on race day reported significantly less pain than runners who received a placebo. Hood to Coast is a 197-mile race from Mount Hood to Seaside, Ore., that involves 1,000 eight- to 12-person relay teams (1).
“With millions of Americans looking for ways to naturally manage pain, it’s promising that tart cherries can help, without the possible side effects often associated with arthritis medications,” – Kerry Kuehl, M.D, Dr.PH. (2)
Tart cherries also have a long history in helping people get relief with Gout or Osteoarthritis.
Note that sweet cherries can have some benefits as well. However, research shows that tart cherries have larger quantities of the anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.
Want to reap the benefits of tart cherries to fight inflammation and maintain your joint health as you get older? One simple thing you can do is to add a little bit of tart cherry concentrate (about 1 tsp) to your smoothies, shakes, water or daily glass of unsweetened iced tea. You can also use frozen cherries frequently in your smoothies.
Keep in mind that this is just one small thing you can do to reduce inflammation and that takes a little more balanced attack from multiple angles to fight chronic joint pain and inflammation than just adding one single superfood to your daily plan. Mike Geary’s book teaches you exactly which foods you should include in your diet and which ones you should definitely avoid. You can read our review here.
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