While many people opt for aspirin as their first course of action when they feel pain, Muraleedharan Nair, PhD, professor of natural products and chemistry at Michigan State University, found that tart cherry extract is 10 times more effective than aspirin at relieving inflammation.
Only two tablespoons of the concentrated juice need to be taken daily for effective results. In later experiments, Dr. Nair found that sweet cherries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries have similar effects.
Other research has shown that blueberries are also excellent pain relievers. Scientists discovered that blueberries increase the amounts of compounds called heat-shock proteins. Heat shock proteins decrease as people age, thereby causing inflammation, pain and tissue damage. By increasing heat shock proteins, blueberries reduce inflammation, pain, and even tissue damage.
Adapted with permission from Arthritis-Proof by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.
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