Tart Cherries – Super Drug?

There was a fascinating article by Lena H Sun in the Washington Post recently.  Ms. Sun had apparently wrenched her neck and instead of reaching for her bottle of ibuprofen, she downed a bunch of freshly picked tart cherries. She went to bed and the next morning she was feeling a lot better.

cherries tart

Ms. Sun had confirmed what a ton of research has been saying; these cherries are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that help relieve inflammation, pain and damage to cells, organs and blood vessels.

“What we found is that this food is as good as ibuprofen in terms of pain reduction,” said Kerry Kuehl, a practicing internist and chief health promotion and sports medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. “It worked as well as 600 to 800 milligrams of ibuprofen, post vigorous exercise.”

All cherries contain these nutrients, including anthocyanins and flavonoids, but tart cherries have much higher amounts. Here’s what the research shows: tart cherry juice has benefits for people suffering from arthritis, gout and fibromyalgia, a common chronic pain disorder.

cherries up close tart

Wow!! That’s some powerful fruit! All that and they make great pies too!!

see Classic Sour Cherry Pie with Lattice Crust.




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