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17 Nov

The cherry is one of Advanced Pain Management's favorite 'Foods that Fight Pain.' We want to provide you with as many tools as possible to help you reduce your pain and regain your quanilty of life, which is why we are pleased to share lifestyle and healthy eating tips with you!

Every little bit of lifestyle modification can help with pain. Take a look at our Cherry Facts below and learn how adding some cherries to your daily diet can help you!

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Interesting Cherry Facts:

  • The average cherry tree grows 7000 cherries per year.
  • It takes 100 cherries to make one cherry pie.
  • 75% of US cherries come from Michigan.
  • Cherry pits have been found in Stone Age caves.
  • Russians enjoy cherry preserves in their tea.
  • Germans distill cherries into their brandy.
  • Americans love cherry pie!

Why is the Cherry is a food that fights pain?

  • The compounds in cherries that give them a bright red color is called anthocyanins, which pack a heavy punch of antioxidants. Anthocyanins block inflammation and inhibit pain enzymes in the same way that aspirin and other NSAIDS do.
  • A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition confirms that cherry consumption can help healthy adults reduce inflammation.
  • 8oz. of tart cherry every morning and every evening for 2 weeks can help reduce insomnia.
  • Research has shown that adding Montmorency tart cherries to you diet can help reduce age-related bone loss.
  • Tart cherries can help athletes reduce muscle damage to recover faster from tough workouts.

How can you enjoy the benefits of cherries, all year long?

  • Can cherries in jams, jellies or preserves.
  • Dry cherries for an easy, healthy on-the-go snack.
  • Wash, dry and freeze cherries to add to pies, smoothies or muffins.

Sources: Kelley DS et al.(2013) Sweet bing cherries lower circulating concentrations of markers for chronic inflammatory diseases in healthy humans. Journal of Nutrition. March; 143(3):340-4. Wilfred R. Pigeon, Michelle Carr, Colin Gorman, Michael L. Perlis. Effects of a Tart Cherry Juice Beverage on the Sleep of Older Adults with Insomnia. J Med Food. 2010 June; 13(3): 579–583. Chongwatpol P, Rendina E, Graef JL, Clarke SL, Lucas EA, Smith BJ. The efficacy of tart cherry supplementation in the prevention of age-related bone loss in C57BL6 mice. Experimental Biology 2013. Boston, MA. April 23, 2013. Bowtell JL, Sumners DP, Dyer A, Fox P, Mileva KN. Montmorency cherry juice reduces muscle damage caused by intensive strength exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2011 Aug;43(8):1544-51.

16 Nov

Chronic pain plagues more that 116 million American adults and diet may be contributing to this staggering statistic. Did you know that if you look around your kitchen you could find foods that fight inflammation, block pain signals and can even heal underlying disease? Moreover, did you know that a typical Western-style diet is rich with foods that promote inflammation, which include highly processed foods and refined carbohydrates?

 “Eating more fruits and vegetables alone will not alleviate your pain,” says Advanced Pain Management (APM) physician Michael Jung. “But if you commit to a healthy eating plan that includes less processed foods and more fresh foods, you will likely see positive results.”

What does he suggest? Take a look at a few tasty tips below.

CherriesCherries
The power-packed cherry has the ability to help with muscle pain and general inflammation. Why? The compounds in cherries that give them a bright red color, called anthocyanins, pack a heavy punch of antioxidants. These compounds block inflammation and inhibit pain enzymes in the same way that aspirin and other NSAIDS work, says Jung. In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition confirms that cherry consumption can in fact help healthy adults reduce inflammation.[1]

CoffeeCoffee
If you experience headaches and are not a regular coffee drinker, you might see some benefit from having a cup or two when a headache strikes. Caffeine helps narrow the dilated blood vessels that often cause headache pain, says Jung. But beware; too much coffee can exacerbate headache pain.

GingerGinger
Typically reserved for expectant mothers and sea travelers, the ginger root can do much more than ease nausea. Much like the cherry, ginger can be beneficial in reducing inflammation[2], particularly offering relief from migraines, muscle pain and arthritis.

Fish
According to Foods that Fight Pain author Dr. Neal D. Barnard, eating fish low in mercury and high in omega-3 fatty acids can help relieve back pain.[3] Omega-3s help improve blood flow by reducing inflammation in blood vessels and nerves. A study published in Pain, the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain, suggests that omega-3s provide benefit as an alternative therapy for joint pain and inflammation.[4] 

Mint
Try making mint tea to help with headaches and general aches and pain. Wintergreen leaves in particular contain a compound called methyl salicylate that has been shown to block the  enzymes that cause inflammation and pain.

Hot PeppersHot Peppers
Capsaicin, an ingredient in hot peppers, can help reduce pain. In fact, you may notice that many topical creams contain this as a pain-fighting ingredient.

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[1] Kelley DS et al.(2013) Sweet bing cherries lower circulating concentrations of markers for chronic inflammatory diseases in healthy humans. Journal of Nutrition. March; 143(3):340-4.

[2] Grzanna et al. (2005) Ginger—An Herbal Medicinal Product with Broad Anti-Inflammatory Actions. Journal of Medicinal Food. Volume: 8 Issue 2.

[3] Barnard, N. (2010). Foods that Fight Pain: Revolutionary New Strategies for Maximum Pain Relief. Harmony.

[4] Goldberg, Robert J; Katz, Joel. (2007) A meta-analysis of the analgesic effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation for inflammatory joint pain. Volume 129, Issue 1 , Pages 210-223.

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