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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Elisa F.
Elisa F.2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams2 years ago


Aud Nordby
Aud nordby2 years ago


Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

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

Lindsay Kemp
Lindsay Kemp3 years ago

Very interesting - thanks

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago


Sheila L.
Sheila Swan L.3 years ago

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

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra3 years ago

Thank you Michele, for Sharing this!

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you