I’ve always been very suspicious of the food cures out there. I hear a lot of them and after awhile it gets frustrating. I know that people like the idea of being able to ingest a basic food item to cure ailments; it has a stronger appeal than schlepping to through the medical-industrial complex and grocery stores don’t have complicated co-pays and billing structures.
But to the seriously ill, be it acute (like cancer) or chronic (like Inflammatory Arthritis), the thought that this crippling, life-altering dis-ease can be done away with by a simple fruit or vegetable is kind of insulting. Especially when, like most of us, you’ve gone through batteries of tests and a panoply of doctors.
That’s why I didn’t want to believe myself when I started feeling better after I had one of my absolute favourite drinks. I’ve been drinking Boylan’s Black Cherry soda as a treat for a decade now. They’re all-natural, made with Cane Sugar and real fruit juice, so they cost twice as much as a standard Coke or Pepsi type soda. So clearly one doesn’t drink them in the same fashion as those other drinks. In my non-alcoholic world I treat a bottle of these the way drinkers treat a glass of wine–to sip along with a couple of pieces of cheese as a dessert in the evenings.
A couple of weeks ago, though, I began to have a glass in the afternoon as part of my daily routine, and also noticed that my arthritis aches were quite diminished. I didn’t say anything because it seemed crazy. Then this week I found that my evening glass was effectively killing my murderous headaches. So I looked it up and what do you know.
The tart variety of cherry has been a subject of many researches executed by scientists and medical universities for its possible effect in relieving joint pain associated with arthritis. Some of these studies have revealed that tart cherry has anti-inflammatory properties and is a rich source of phytochemicals like anthocyanins, which impart the ruby red color to this fruit. There are more than 350 types of anthocyanins and tart cherry offers a unique blend of several of them.
And I’m here to testify that it does work for me. (I can’t promise, though, that it will work for everyone.)
Of course I’m still taking all the other stuff. The methotrexate, the plaquenil, the tramadol. But with the cherry juice on top of those others my daily average pain level drops another degree. And those “expensive” sodas are looking cheap at twice the price.
It’s nice how you sometimes get a tic in the Win Column.