Are you looking for natural ways to reduce chronic joint pain caused by osteoarthritis? Could drinking just two glasses of tart cherry juice a day reduce the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis? One researcher at Oregon Health and Science University is certainly convinced.
In a small but compelling study, Dr. Kerry Kuehl, a doctor of sports medicine, observed 20 women age 40 to 70, each of whom has inflammatory osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis. Results showed that those who drank tart cherry juice twice daily for three weeks had significantly lower inflammation markers. This would seem to demonstrate the efficacy of the tart cherry juice, as these results are measureable rather than the subjective reporting of pain levels.
Dr. Kuehl is especially excited about this finding because so many Americans are looking for natural, non-addictive ways to manage pain. Tart cherry juice also doesn’t produce any of the side effects associated with NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) and prescription arthritis medicines.
The findings, which have not been published as yet, were presented May 30, 2012 at the American College of Sports Medicine Conference in San Francisco, California.
In the past, Dr. Kuehl has studied the use of tart cherry juice as a treatment for muscle and joint pain in athletes. In a previous study*, Kuehl found that those who drank tart cherry juice while training for a long-distance run reported less pain afterward than runners who didn't drink the juice.