AmericanCollege of Sports Medicine conference (abstract 1389), drinking tart cherry juice twice a day for three weeks resulted in significant reduction of inflammatory markers. The study, conducted by researchers from Oregon Health and ScienceUniversity, involved 20 women between the age of 40 and 70 who had inflammatory osteoarthritis.
Anthocyanins are the compounds in tart cherries that give the fruit their vibrant colour, high antioxidant level, and ability to reduce inflammation. There have been previous studies that linked tart cherries to decreased joint pain and muscle pain. In this study, researchers said that up to 40% of osteoarthritis patients have inflammation and "tart cherries may provide beneficial anti-inflammatory activity helping OA patients manage their disease."