Our bodies go through much wear & tear and by the time people are in their 50s, aches and pains become the norm. Many rely on over-the-counter (OTC) pain killers. Those seeking natural healing alternatives, however, are turning food instead of drugs to aid in their healing.
According to recent research, black cherries have shown tremendous healing power. Their antioxidant properties cleanse blood of free radicals, and their high content of anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants, act like common painkillers. In all, they contain 17 different antioxidants like quercetin, which is believed to boost the immune system to stave off inflammation. Black cherries are loaded with beta carotene (19 times more than blueberries or strawberries) and they are high in vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron & folate.
Black cherries are recommended by chiropractor, naturopaths and sports nutritionists to speed healing of injured tissues and joints following workouts. They are also indicated for daily use for those with arthritis, gout or any inflammatory disease. A study found that after eating black cherries, patients were found to have lower levels of uric acid, a major contributor to gout. Nitric oxide levels are reduced which contributes to osteo and rheumatoid arthritis
Studies have revealed that patients reported a marked decrease in arthritis pain from eating black cherries, about a cup a day. Pure black cherry juice, with no other additives or sugars, (available in heath food stores) is most effective also; about 1/2C twice a day.