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Can Cherry Juice Help with Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms?

Updated on August 29, 2010

You may have heard an old folk remedy that tart cherry juice can help with rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. This may sound crazy but when you’re suffering from the debilitating pain of RA, nothing sounds too crazy to try.

Before we start I should mention that it’s important, as with any medical recommendations, to thoroughly research all claims made by manufacturers. Sometimes they have perfectly viable claims, other times it’s just marketing hype. Also, it’s important to talk to your doctor, even about rheumatoid arthritis’ natural remedies. For instance, tart cherry juice is very acidic and could aggravate a condition such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome or if your stomach is upset from taking NSAIDS.

While there hasn’t been any strong scientific evidence to support that cherry juice can help with rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, there have been numerous reports that people have had success treating their symptoms by including tart cherry juice into their rheumatoid arthritis diet.  The one scientific theory is that since tart cherries are high in anthocyanins and anthocyanins block the COX-2 enzyme that it may behave as a COX-2 inhibitor much like the drug Celebrex. 

People who have had success treating their rheumatoid arthritis symptoms with cherry juice generally saw results after 12 weeks.  It takes a while for the compounds to build up in your body. 

You can find tart cherries in the grocery market easily when they’re in season; however, it can be difficult and quite expensive to consume the recommended dosage of cherries naturally.  The easiest way to get the benefit of tart cherries is to take a cherry supplement or cherry juice extract.  If you decide to take the cherry supplement, the recommended dosage is 2,000 mg spaced out over 4 doses during the day.  If you take cherry juice it may be necessary to dilute the cherry juice with water as cherry juice tends to be pretty tart and acidic.

Other natural ways to treat rheumatoid arthritis with your diet include other drinks such as pomegranate or cranberry juice, gin-soaked raisins, foods high in Omega-3 such as salmon or flaxseed.  Dietary supplements are popular because of their convenience and ease in getting the right amount of the helpful compound.  Some supplements like fish oil and glucosamine chondroitin have also shown to help with rheumatoid arthritis. 

These remedies, as sound or insane as they may be, are out there because they have worked for somebody and very well may work for you.  Just remember that no matter what you try to give it ample time to take effect and if you experience any new pain related to taking a natural remedy to stop taking it right away and see a doctor.  With enough research and experimentation you can find ways to relieve your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

Cherry Juice Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments


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      Lorna Lorraine 

      7 years ago from Croydon

      Very good hub. Aside from being packed with information, it was really believable.

    • RTalloni profile image


      8 years ago from the short journey

      Good stuff here--balanced and well written. And, cherry juice really does help!

    • Angela_1973 profile image


      8 years ago

      That is very informative, thanks for sharing, need to send it to some friends that will benefit!


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