In The News: Tart Cherry Juice and Fibromyalgia


| 2/28/2011 10:43:16 AM


K.PriebeA recent study tested the effects that tart cherry juice has on fibryomyalgia patients and discovered marginal benefits in patient's muscle strength.

Fibromyalgia, a common pain disorder, often limits its sufferers' physical activity because of discomfort and delayed onset muscle soreness, otherwise known as DOMS. This study, conducted by the Oregon Health & Science University, was designed to test the effects of tart cherry juice on on maintaining strength and reducing pain in fibromyalgia patients. 

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Tart cherry juice may curb the pain in fibromyalgia patients.
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Tart cherry juice (Prunus cerasus) contains flavonoids and anthocyanins, according to the American Botanical Council. Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents may reduce DOMS; flavonoids and anthocyanins have been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Fifteen women around the of ages 21 to 65 years old, with a confirmed diagnosis of fibromyalgia, were enrolled in this study. According to the study, “tart cherry juice demonstrated marginal benefits in maintaining muscle strength in patients with well-documented fibromyalgia, and for a subset of participants, may have demonstrated a benefit in reducing the overall pain VAS pain score after eccentric exercise.”



What do you think about this study? Do you or someone you know live with fibromyalgia?