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Arthritis Treatment

How do cherries ease arthritis symptoms?

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  • A Dr. Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
    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.
  • A Dr Grant Cooper, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, answered
    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 20 cherries per day 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.
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