Wow! I just came across a few articles discussing the anti-inflammatory benefits of tart cherry juice, which is apparently equivalent to over the counter painkillers (NSAIDs). I get significant relief from my endometriosis symptoms and myofascial pain syndrome symptoms using ibuprofen, but I often worry about taking too much, because of the damage NSAIDs can do to your stomach lining. This sounds like a potentially wonderful natural alternative. There is dispute about the extent of inflammation in fibro, although one study found inflammation of the fascia ( connective tissue – the sheath that covers muscles). So, natural anti-inflammatories may help fibro pain too. Amazingly, that’s not all tart cherries can do for us. They also contain melatonin, the hormone that tells your body it’s time to go to sleep. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial showed that drinking tart cherry juice in the morning and before bed helps improve sleep time and time in bed. Maybe this will help with my insomnia too! I’m going to head out and get me some tart cherry juice. Bottoms up!
- Researchers: Tart Cherries Have ‘Highest Anti-Inflammatory Content of any Food’ (alternativenewsalert.com)
- 10 Foods That Help Relieve Pain (arokyameditation.wordpress.com)
- Researchers: Tart Cherries Have ‘Highest Anti-Inflammatory Content of any Food’ (the-tap.blogspot.com)