Cherries are a delicious, versatile fruit that can be found in abundance throughout the world. From pies to salads, these little red fruits can add a tangy sweetness to just about any dish. More importantly, cherries are packed with both dietary fiber and loaded with antioxidants making them just as super of a super food as blueberries or broccoli. Also, despite what Big Pharma does not want you to know, Cherries are known to be powerful fighters against inflammation, beneficial in muscle repair and have even been known to help cure gout.
It is all about the Anthocyanins
Next time you see a cherry red sports car and start to droll, you can take a moment to give thanks to anthocyanins which are the pigments that give cherries that distinctive red color. These pigments are also known to be very powerful antioxidants which give the cherry all of its miraculous powers. Inflammation is caused in part to free radical damage to your muscle and tissue cells. Anthocyanins helps eliminate these damaging free radicals and by doing so help bring about relief from inflammation.
Helping out with gout
Certain studies done at Michigan State University have also shown that cherries can help lower blood uric acid levels. This makes the fruit extremely valuable to those who suffer from gout. Gout is a painful condition that is caused by raised levels of uric acid in the blood. While there are prescriptions available for gout, they all come with side effects. While cherries can aggravate IBS symptoms in some people, the fruit lacks any other serious side effects and are seen for the most part as beneficial.
Big Pharma’s Problem
A few years ago, there was a big Hoo Haw involving the FDA and certain manufacturers of concentrated cherry juice. The Feds apparently had a beef with the companies stealing Big Pharma’s thunder by putting the fruit’s gout curing capabilities on the labeling when no sponsored scientific studies had been done to verify it. While the FDA was merely following the law over labeling practices, some people saw it as yet another attack on natural health solutions on behalf of the pharmaceuticals who have trouble with healing plants they cannot pout a patent on. Thankfully, the word is already out there, with thousands of online testimonials from people verifying concentrated cherry juice’s ability to combat gout.
How to take them
Most people find relief by taking concentrated tart cherry juice which available online and most health food stores. However, simply eating a handful of dried or fresh cherries (tart or sweet) can also bring about significant results.