If you’re looking for a natural way to relieve pain and inflammation, give these two anti-inflammatory fruits a try. They’re a tasty and natural way to fight inflammation.
To treat chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, traditionally prescription strength anti-inflammatory medications have been the mainstay of therapy. Unfortunately, anti-inflammatory medications carry their own unique set of risks and side effects. Some people are unable to tolerate them due to a history of peptic ulcer or other digestive problems, and using them long term can increase the risk of heart and kidney problems even in normal people. That’s why people are increasingly looking for natural ways to reduce inflammation. The good news is you don’t have to look any further than your produce stand. Here are two anti-inflammatory fruits that do the job naturally.
Anti-inflammatory fruits: Pineapple
Who would have thought it would be possible to reduce inflammation with a pineapple? Although this sunny, yellow fruit might be an unlikely candidate, it owes its anti-inflammatory properties to an ingredient called bromelain.Bromelain has long been used medicinally to treat digestive disorders, but it’s also being recognized for its ability to soothe the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, gout, muscular injuries, and even menstrual cramps. A variety of studies have shown that taking supplemental bromelain from the pineapple reduced soft tissue swelling associated with arthritis without significant side effects. Unfortunately, eating the fruit of the pineapple is unlikely to give these benefits since the bromelain is concentrated in the stem rather than the actual fruit. This is one time where a supplement is better – unless, of course, you enjoy eating pineapple stems.
Anti-inflammatory fruits: Tart Cherry
To reduce inflammation with cherries, it’s the tart ones that show the most promise. Tart cherries are a good source of anthocyanins – compounds that behave very similarly to prescription anti-inflammatory medications by blocking the Cox-1 and Cox-2 enzymes associated with the inflammatory response. Plus, they do it naturally without the scary side effects of prescription anti-inflammatory drugs.
Do they really work? A small British study showed that drinking cherry juice reduced the pain and inflammation associated with exercise induced muscle injury. Tart cherries have also been shown to reduce markers associated with inflammation in the blood stream. They can be difficult to find fresh on the produce stand, but are frequently carried in cans at grocery stores. Tart cherry juice is best purchased at a natural food market or online. Be sure to get the kind without added sugar.
Anti-inflammatory fruits: The Bottom Line?
Other fruits such as apples and richly colored berries like the blueberry also have anti-inflammatory properties, but the pineapple and tart cherry stand out as two of the best when it comes to naturally reducing pain and inflammation. Why not give these tasty fruits a try?