|Researchers say the pigments that give cherries their color can also cut ease the pain of arthritis. |
The pigments that give cherries their rich red hue belong to a class of natural dyes called anthocyanins (Greek for "blue flower") that colors cherries and other fruits like blueberries, strawberries and plums.
According to Dr. Muraleeharan Nair at Michigan State University, lab tests show that the anthocyanins in tart cherries give 10 times the anti-inflammatory relief of aspirin, without irritating the stomach. They are also potent antioxidants.
An article that appeared in Newsweek (December 6, 1999) chronicles the research and results, and ends with this prediction: The day may not be far off when doctors say, "Take 10 cherries and call me in the morning."
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