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Tart cherry juice for joint pain
A friend of my husband was seeing a doctor for joint pain in his shoulders. Another patient at the clinic suggested he try tart cherry juice. Thinking it couldn't hurt, and would taste better than any medicines he was taking, he tried it. After two weeks his pain had eased and his range of motion greatly improved. My father is having arthritis pain in his knees, and I LOVE cherries, so I decided to research the topic.
I was amazed to find tart cherries really can help with joint pain from arthritis and other inflammation (like gout), heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and sleep problems.
Michigan produces between 70 and 75 percent of the tart cherries grown in the United States, so it’s not unusual to find universities in the state studying them. In separate studies, the University of Michigan and Michigan State found many health benefits from tart cherries.
Tart cherries contain antioxidants that block oxidation, protecting cells from free radicals. So, what's a free radical and why is oxidation bad? A free radical is a cell that is missing an oxygen molecule. They steal oxygen molecules from healthy cells, speeding up aging. The major antioxidants in tart cherries are anthocyanins. These flavonoids provide all the brilliant colors of nature - flowers, fruit, vegetables, and the myriad colors of autumn. Other antioxidants delivered by tart cherries include melatonin and vitamins A, C and E.
Researchers at Michigan State University found that tart cherries inhibit Cyclooxygenase 1 and 2 (COX 1 and 2) enzymes, preventing inflammation in joints. They work very much like NSAIDs, but the cherries actually protect against stomach inflammation. Even better outcomes can be achieved when the cherries are taken together with glucosamine and chondroitin. The glucosamine and chondroitin build cartilage and lubricate joints, while the tart cherries provide pain relief.
Originally posted by TheGuyFawkes
reply to post by daryllyn
maybe its Fibromyalgia
The fact that I know there isn't a cure and that is almost definitely going to get worse... is hard.
Originally posted by daryllyn
[color=dodgerblue]Extremely painful joints throughout my entire body. Mostly my knees, elbows, hands and feet.
I don't feel sick. No fever or any other symptoms except for being tired, but that's normal for me. My fingers are also really swollen.
I don't understand how I can go from being totally fine one day, to being pretty much disabled the next. I can't pick up my two year old, I can't sit, can't stand, hurts to drive, hurts to put my shoes on... everything just hurts. I am only 30 years old. I am normally very healthy. Rarely sick. Very active. Etc...
I went to the doctor today.. and had some blood work done. They are testing for Lupus, Kidney disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Thyroid Levels and also doing the standard CBC that they always do. So naturally, being the anxiety-ridden person that I am, I am kind of freaking out. Some of those are pretty scary...
Has anyone had or heard of anything similar?
I don't understand how something like this just happens literally overnight.
Any input, information or advice can't hurt at this point..
The doc gave me Naproxen and a muscle relaxer to help me until the test results come back..edit on 20-2-2012 by daryllyn because: (no reason given)