Thanks to their powerful inflammation-fighting compounds, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and cherries are among nature’s most extraordinary arthritis pain relievers. Imagine your daily treatment for your osteoarthritis (OA) or rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is eating a beautiful bowl of juicy berries for breakfast, or a cupful as a midday snack, or a luxurious, fresh berry dessert. That’s a great prescription for joint pain–one that’s equal to a dose of the leading arthritis drug. And far more delicious.
1. Berries beat aspirin for pain relief. Berries are the ideal food for people with arthritis because they’re also loaded with pain-relieving and healing power. Berries are nature’s richest source of anthocyanins, a group of antioxidant flavonoids with exceptional anti-inflammatory properties. Tart cherries, for example, are ten times more effective against joint pain than aspirin. Scientists at Michigan State University found that just 20 tart cherries contain 25 mg of anthocyanins, enough to block the COX-2 enzymes that make arthritic joints hurt, while reducing inflammation the same way that NSAID drugs do.
2. “Her pain completely disappeared!” Clinical studies prove it. At Baylor University, scientists conducted a small study testing the effect of cherry extract on people with arthritis. Five out of six participants experienced significant relief, without side effects. After a mere three months, at least one participant announced her pain had completely disappeared. Once she stopped the cherry extract, her pain returned, which is why she’s now drinking 100% unsweetened cherry juice and enjoying fresh cherries every chance she gets.[For more studies about the healing benefits of cherries go to
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