TART CHERRIES SHOW PROMISE TO HELP ARTHRITIS & GOUT
Arthritis, including the particularly painful condition known as gout, has been plaguing people for more than 2,000 years. The disease was described as early as the fifth century, B.C., according to The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center.
Unfortunately, there is no magical cure for the stiffness, swelling of joints and chronic pain of the inflammatory disease known as arthritis, although some medications and even natural foods – such as tart cherries – may help, as part of an overall plan to promote joint health. Gout, once described as the “Disease of Kings”, due to its presumed association with rich foods and alcohol intake, may cause severe pain in the big toe, heel, ankle or instep. The pain is sometimes so intense that it is impossible to put weight on the foot, wear a shoe or even let bedding cover the inflamed area, Johns Hopkins reports.
A variety of anti-inflammatory medications and other medical interventions may help relieve pain and swelling from arthritic conditions. And now, there may be another, completely natural way to promote health. Ongoing research shows that nutrients in foods such as tart Montmorency cherries appear to support joint health, as part of a total program to strengthen the body’s defenses against disease.
We can thank the natural dyes which give tart cherries their rich red color. These dyes, called “anthocyanins”, have potential to help the body reduce inflammation, research shows. In addition, tart cherries are rich in antioxidants and other nutrients that support cardiovascular health, brain function and bolster the immune system.
Montmorency cherry juice, available from Tart Is Smart in flavors ranging from Tart Cherry to Cherry Berry, Cherry Grape and Cherry Blueberry, can deliver these nutrients as a healthy and delicious addition to daily meals. Tart cherry concentrate – like the essence of freshly baked cherry pie in a bottle -- may be used in good-tasting, easy-to-prepare recipes.
For any medical condition, be sure to follow the advice of your doctor. However, consumers now have an all-natural, delicious addition to daily meals which ongoing research says shows promise.
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You can also read more about health benefits in the Cherry Nutrition Report.