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For most Canadians, the arrival of warmer weather marks the shedding of winter coats and the dusting off of running shoes. For those that suffer from ...

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Fight inflammation by springing into action Eating tart cherries may help combat pain

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(NC)-For most Canadians, the arrival of warmer weather marks the shedding of winter coats and the dusting off of running shoes. For those that suffer from inflammation, however, the thought of putting those aching joints to work may make you want to go back into hibernation.

Many people don't know that they can help fight the redness of joints with the redness of tart cherries. While it may seem an unlikely source, tart cherries are a refreshing, natural way to help combat pain and encourage a healthy diet. Research conducted at Michigan State University found that tart cherries are a rich source of antioxidants and anthocynanins that can be beneficial for managing and preventing inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and Type 2 diabetes.

Studies show that practicing a balanced lifestyle can help reduce the level of pain associated with inflammation, a condition that can lead to arthritis, pulmonary diseases, cancer and Alzheimer's. Joint pain can be stifled by managing your weight through exercise and maintaining a healthy diet.

"It's important for those who suffer from joint pain to not only stay active, but to also be conscious of the food they eat," says registered dietitian Lisa Weinberg. "Tart cherries, either juice or dried, provide an excellent source of nutrients and have properties that could help alleviate pain associated with inflammatory diseases."

When inflammation rears its ugly head, there is a decrease in quality of life as regular activities such as sleeping and exercise can be debilitated by pain. Studies show that muscle tissue starts to waste away after only three to six days of inactivity, followed by a loss of strength and flexibility - both of which can lead to more pain.

By keeping active you are feeding your joints. It may be difficult for those suffering from joint inflammation to participate in physical activities, but it is important to enjoy exercise every day to help minimize pain overall.

This spring, take advantage of the nice weather and take measures into your own hands. By maintaining a healthy diet that includes tart cherries and keeping active, the pressure won't be on your joints. Tart cherries may also help you take a stand in preventing cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases as well as cancer.

The Health Canada website www.hc-sc.gc.ca has more information on inflammatory diseases and tips for healthy living. Further information on the health benefits of cherries can be found at www.choosecherries.com.

Credit: www.newscanada.com