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Cathy Wong, ND

Easing Arthritis with Black Cherry Juice

By March 26, 2012

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Many arthritis sufferers swear by black cherry juice, an antioxidant-rich beverage made from the Prunus serotina plant. Also used to treat gout, black cherry juice is particularly high in anthocyanins (a class of antioxidants also found in foods like berries, red onions, kidney beans, pomegranates, and red grapes).

So far, very few studies have tested the health effects of black cherry juice. However, research suggests that anthocyanins may help reduce inflammation (a biological process closely linked to both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, in addition to gout). What's more, some studies show that increasing your antioxidant intake may help protect against both types of osteoarthritis.

If you're seeking a natural treatment for arthritis, there's evidence that taking supplements containing glucosamine may be of some benefit. In addition, studies indicate that undergoing acupuncture may help relieve some arthritis symptoms. Read the article: Black Cherry Juice - What You Need to Know.

March 27, 2012 at 11:43 am
(1) Dr. Terranella says:

Great info about how some natural remedies exist for conditions such as arthritis. The causes of inflamed painful joints are numerous depending on the type of arthritis you have, of which there are more than 100 forms. At South West Integrative Medicine, we find that a combination of Eastern and Western medicine if quite effective in treating condidtions like arthritis in a way that’s best for the patient. Thanks for sharing the great information!

July 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm
(2) John King says:

It appears that Cathy has confused Black sweet cherries with Montmorency Red Tart Cherries. The studies on Arthritis, Gout and muscle recovery are overwhelmingly done on Montmorency tart cherry.

November 4, 2012 at 11:36 am
(3) Nicole B. says:

They can BOTH be used to ease arthritis. A person would need to ingest more Black Cherry juice to get the same effects as the tart cherry juice. Solution: try mixing both concentrates together. The black cherry juice concentrate will make the tart cherry into a naturally sweeter drink.

Quote from LiveStrong: While all cherries contain some anthocyanins, tart cherries appear to have significantly higher concentrations than sweet black cherries, according to the Cherry Marketing Institute. Anthocycanins are a phenol compound found in cherries that give them their color. In tart cherries, there is about 312 milligrams of phenols in 100 grams of the fruit. Comparing the same amount of black cherries, there is only about 92 to 147 milligrams of phenols per 100 grams. This would make tart cherry juice a better choice for treating inflammation over black cherry juice.


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