About The Buzz: Cherries Cure Arthritis?
TheBUZZ Cherries Cure Arthritis?
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WHAT WE KNOW
HOW DO WE KNOW THIS?
A preliminary study in 2003 by the USDA suggested that there are some natural compounds in Bing Cherries that may help reduce inflammation, which causes the pain with rheumatoid arthritis. The study was the first to show in humans what had been observed in the laboratory. A subsequent study also observed that markers of inflammation in the blood were lowered when the diet was supplemented with cherries. However, these studies have been done with small numbers of individuals and are far from conclusive. They also did not evaluate change in perceptions of pain associated with the arthritis. There is also some research that suggests that dietary patterns that include higher amounts of fruits and vegetables, including the Mediterranean diet may help rheumatoid arthritis. These findings are also preliminary. Furthermore, what works for one person may not work for another because everyone reacts differently to treatments.
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