9. Cherries are one of the best anti-inflammatory foods
Sweet and sour cherries contain several antioxidants and polyphenols that possess anti-inflammatory properties. Bing cherries contain an anti-inflammatory compound called cyanidin which inhibits the activity of an enzyme involved in the production of uric acid. One study showed that individuals who consumed Bing cherries for 28 days had a reduction in CRP inflammation markers which remained low for days after discontinuing cherry consumption.
Studies have found that cherry anthocyanidins can block both COX-1 and COX-2, two enzymes part of the pain process. The anti-inflammatory activities of the cherry anthocyanidins were found to be as effective as the anti-inflammatory drugs ibuprofen and naproxen. One study has shown that individuals who drank tart cherry juice after exercise had less muscle pain.
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