Cherries for pain: better than Advil?

According to research from Michigan State University, anti-oxidants called anthocyanins from blueberries and cherries help relieve pain more effectively than aspirin. The study (click here for citation) shows that anthocyanins were potent antioxidants that could prevent oxidative damage and also inhibited enzymes called cyclooxygenase-1 and -2 (Cox 1 and 2), which is similar in the way anti- inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil) seek to reduce pain. This study appeared in the Journal of Natural Products published by the American Chemical Society.

What’s interesting is that it is now understood that these molecules work by changing how our genes express themselves in addition to their direct chemical actions.


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