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How do cherries ease arthritis symptoms?

Bing cherries have been shown to reduce inflammation and may help with arthritis pain. They contain substances with anti-inflammatory properties. Have a couple of Bing cherries—fresh or dried—a day. I'm told cherry juice works as well. Add willow bark (so you get 120 to 240 milligrams of the active component called salicin, like aspirin—I like the aspirin itself) and Boswellia (also called frankincense) at 1,000 milligrams a day. That's a powerful herbal mix for settling down inflammation.

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Cherries are a traditional folk medicine remedy for arthritis. They are rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids (including quercetin, a flavonoid that is believed to have particularly potent antioxidant activity), vitamin C, and beta-carotene. Several studies have shown that consuming might be as effective in relieving pain as medications such as aspirin, and several studies have suggested a decrease in blood levels of uric acid, which can precipitate an attack of gout, an arthritis-like disorder. Blood markers for inflammation also tended to drop.

Although cherries can be obtained from your diet, the quantities needed to show an effect are higher than may be reasonable to consume—up to half a pound or more per day or as many as one or more glasses of cherry juice. Additionally, they may not be available much of the year, and may have more calories than are good for you.

If you are unable to get cherries or cherry juice from your diet, a supplement is recommended. Cherry supplements are available in both liquid and capsule forms. The recommended dosage is 2,000 mg per day of cherry fruit extract, taken in 2-4 divided dosages.

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