Medical authorities have known for decades that tart cherry juice effectively controls pain. Several years ago, a study showed conclusively that non-diabetic peripheral neuropathy pain was relieved in a little as two weeks.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4566454/. A dozen primary care non-diabetic patient volunteers with peripheral neuropathy for a minimum of five years were given four ounces of tart cherry juice twice a day for two weeks. Nearly every one of the patients claimed their pain was more than fifty percent of the time.
Three patients were HIV positive, two developed peripheral neuropathy after chemotherapy, and five had spinal disorders. All had been on multiple treatments – antiepileptics, analgesics, and antidepressants for more than two years without relief. However, their existing medical regimen was not restricted – they stayed on their prescribed medicines.
The results were mixed but definitely favored improvement – over 50% showed significant pain reduction. Two patients (one with HIV and the other with spinal degenerative joint disease) showed no improvement. Three patients showed noticeable improvement (one with spinal stenosis, one with spinal DJD, and the third with chemotherapy-induced neuropathy), with pain levels coming down 20-50%. One patient had a reduction of 90% of their pain levels. No side effects were noted.
Scientists do not know how tart cherries reduce pain. It has been used to treat gout and joint pain for many years. Researchers know that you must address the continuous damage from free radicals, modulate cytokines, reduce DNA degradation, inhibit cyclooxygenase, and more to see the results in this small study.
I have used it when I take a sabbatical from running and then start up again. My muscles, especially around my joints, are painful for two or three days after I start running again. When I take tart cherries (in pill form) a day before I resume running, there is no pain associated with increased physical activity.
Tart cherries contain polyphenols (anthocyanins) that reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. Several studies show similar results to the one quoted above – pain relief and improved endurance, shorter recovery time, better cognition, and more.
Some people have reported that tart cherry juice improves the quality of their sleep. For example, researchers know that tart cherries can prevent tryptophan degradation, which aids in sleep quality and duration. In addition, a recent study demonstrated that tart cherry juice can reduce oral plaque and gingivitis (inflammation of the gums).
Many natural options improve health. Tart cherries are one of them.
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