While there are many foods with known anti-inflammatory effects such as Kelp, Turmeric, Salmon, Papaya, Green Tea, Blueberries, and Broccoli, researchers now suggest that tart cherries have the “highest anti-inflammatory content of any food”. The antioxidant compounds in tart cherries, called “anthocyanins”, have been linked to reducing inflammation.
20 women between ages 40-70 with inflammatory osteoarthritis were studied. The research revealed that drinking tart cherry juice 2 times daily for 3 weeks led to significant reductions in inflammatory blood markers which also correlated to a reduction in pain levels.
Available in your neighborhood grocer’s shelf in dried, frozen, and juice forms, this appears to be an wise choice in any training or inflammation-fighting diet.
More information on the body of research supporting tart cherries’ pain-fighting properties can be found at www.choosecherries.com.