Are Cherries Good for Arthritis?
There’s a surprising amount of truth in folk medicine. For years, people wrote off the notion that chicken soup is better than other soups for soothing a cold as an old wives’ tale, but studies performed in recent decades have shown that the time-honored chicken recipe does indeed contain anti-inflammatory properties that help people recover from a cold faster.
As it happens, there’s another folk remedy that may turn out to be true: premium cherries (like fresh Bing cherries you can find at Pittman & Davis each summer) for arthritis relief!
Cherries May Help Arthritis Sufferers
For generations, people have believed eating fresh cherries to be a natural relief for flare-ups of arthritis and gout. This isn’t surprising considering Bing cherries already have a reputation for fighting inflammation.
Inflammation refers to the body’s process of fighting things that cause it harm (such as infection, injury, and toxins) in an attempt to heal itself. When something damages your cells, your body releases chemicals that trigger a response from your immune system.
Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, happens when this response lingers, leaving your body in a constant state of alert. Over time, chronic inflammation may have a negative impact on your tissues and organs. Some studies suggest that chronic inflammation can play a role in a range of conditions, from cancer to stroke to – you guessed it – osteoarthritis.
Order Cherries to Benefit Your Health
Bing Cherries are low in calories and chock full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and other good-for-you ingredients. You’ll get vitamins C, A, and K. Each long-stemmed fruit delivers potassium, magnesium, and calcium too. They also bring antioxidants, like beta-carotene, and the essential nutrient choline to your diet. But do the benefits of eating cherries extend to offering arthritis relief?
A Handful of Cherries a Day to Keep Arthritis Pain at Bay
If you suffer from gout, osteoarthritis, or other arthritis type, you’ll be glad to know that cherries gift of fresh Bings or even dried chocolate-covered cherries (like those found on our Chocolate Covered Bing Cherries & Blueberries tin) you received can help alleviate symptoms.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis (which covers more than a hundred different types of joint pain/disease) is the leading cause of disability in the US. The various types of arthritis are generally broken out into four categories: degenerative arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, infectious arthritis, and metabolic arthritis. While treatments for each type very and should be monitored by your health care provider, studies have shown that snacking on sweet cherries can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with inflammatory arthritis and even gout.
Send Cherries as a Gift to Someone You Love
With cherry season on its way, there’s no better time to enjoy the flavors of the fruit and its many health benefits, including fighting inflammation for those that suffer from arthritis or gout! Order cherries online from Pittman & Davis for those you care about so they, too, can enjoy the health benefits of this superfood – and, of course, the incredible flavor!
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