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.

Related:
13 Foods That Fight Pain
12 Surprising Reasons to Eat More Blueberries
The Endless Benefits of Berries

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

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180 comments

Wendi M.
Wendi Mabout a year ago

TYFS 😊

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rabout a year ago

TYFS

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Elisa F.
Elisa F3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago

Thanks

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Aud Nordby
Aud nordby4 years ago

thanks

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Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W4 years ago

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

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Lindsay Kemp
Lindsay Kemp4 years ago

Very interesting - thanks

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Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago

Thanks

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Sheila L.
Sheila Swan L4 years ago

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

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Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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