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Foods that Fight Inflammation and Foods that Cause It

What you eat can help -- or hinder -- your body's healing process. Here's how to tell which foods are friend or foe.

By 
Sydney Loney
Cherry juice

Cherry juice

People who have to pop pills for arthritis pain or gout may be better off downing a glass of sour-cherry juice instead. A new study by researchers at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland found that women with inflammatory osteoarthritis reduced inflammation by drinking tart-cherry juice twice daily for three weeks.

Another study found that runners who drank cherry juice for a week before and on the day of their race had less pain and inflammation after they crossed the finish line.

Sour cherries contain anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants that block the production of the same enzymes as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen block, says Elliott.

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Fresh Juice: Winter 2013

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