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How Cherries Help Fight Arthritis

If you’ve heard your grandma say that cherries and cherry juice are helping with her arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation is reporting that researchers are finding that she just may be on to something. From fresh to juice to pills, cherries are gaining respect for their anti-inflammatory capabilities.

Besides cherries, some of the top anti-inflammatory foods include herbs and spices such as cloves, ginger, rosemary and turmeric. Not only that on a per gram fresh weight basis, herbs rank even higher in antioxidant activity than fruits and vegetables. Other inflammation-fighting spices include cinnamon, oregano, marjoram and sage, to name a few.

While inflammation is a normal process that occurs when your body's white blood cells and chemicals protect you from foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses, it leads to trouble when the inflammatory response gets out of hand.

It's important to realize that chronic inflammation is the source of many if not most diseases, including cancer, obesity, and heart disease, which essentially makes it the leading cause of death in the U.S. Top anti-inflammatory foods include animal-based omega-3 fats such as fatty fish like wild Alaskan salmon.

Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, collard greens and Swiss chard are also anti-inflammatory, as well as blueberries, tea, shiitake mushrooms — which contain strong compounds with the natural ability to discourage inflammation — fermented vegetables and traditionally cultured foods. Fermented foods such as kefir, natto, kimchee, miso, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut and olives help '”reseed” your gut with beneficial bacteria, and ultimately help with inflammation.

Interestingly, over 170 studies show that garlic can treat 150 different conditions, including inflammation.
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