Cherries have been associated with many different ailments for millennia. Like pineapples, cherries are rich in phytochemicals that help prevent the big C—cancer. In this article, however, we shall look at how cherries—more specifically in juice form—aids and controls arthritis symptoms; we will also look at why you should consider taking it as a supplement if you are one of the millions who suffer from chronic arthritis.
Arthritis, as we all know, is a broad medical term that includes more-specific ailments that affects joints. In human anatomy, joints connects two bones together. It is this same setup that makes them susceptible to injury, wear, and tear, and therefore medical ailments.
Cherries have anti-inflammatory properties. This is mainly due to a group of phytochemicals called anthocyanins that gives the cherry its bright ruby-red color. Being an anti-inflammatory already makes it obviously good for arthritis, an ailment that involves a lot of swelling symptoms. For chronic symptoms, taking cherries regularly ensures that swelling, and therefore pain, is more or less controlled. And, what easier way to take cherries than in liquid form?
Secondarily, cherries also help arthritis patients through its analgesic properties. The same anthocyanins also act as pain receptors which limit the physical pain one feels from swelling.
Cherry juice aids all types of arthritis in one way or another. Certain types of arthritis, however, benefits from cherries in more ways than those specified above. For example, taking cherry juice for gout, a specific type of arthritis, limits the production of uric acid—the main culprit for said gout.
Considering the juice itself and its source, one simple rule applies: the purer, the better. If possible, make your own juice and add nothing but pure water to the mix. A simple blender or osterizer will do, and you’ll end up with a mix that is truly 100% pure.
To take cherry juice for arthritis, a glass a day will suffice. More can be taken, but this is not necessarily better for the symptoms. Remember, this is but a supplement and should never replace prescription medications for symptom management. Always consult with a qualified physician to plot out long-term symptom-controlling regimens.