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Berries and Cherries Beat Pain and Inflammation

Berries and Cherries Beat Pain and Inflammation

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.

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Adapted with permission from Arthritis-Proof by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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8:49AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

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7:41AM PST on Feb 4, 2013

No, thanks. They are infected with the echinococcus, one of the most dangerous parasites.

7:42AM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Very interesting - thanks

12:03PM PST on Feb 2, 2013


9:31AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Since we've just talked about probiotics -- how about berries and yogurt? YUM.

8:12AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:21AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Thank you Michele, for Sharing this!

3:55AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Thank you

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