How Tart Cherries Help Fight Arthritis

How Tart Cherries Help Fight Arthritis

Hi, Dr. Meredith Warner here –

I take a Tart Cherry extract every day. It’s a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which makes it great for promoting general wellness. Tart cherries have long been considered a “folk” remedy for inflammatory conditions such as gout or arthritis, and now researchers are putting it to the test.

The Science Behind Tart Cherries

how they relieve arthritis

Researchers have tested different types of tart cherries – from the fruit itself to juice, supplements, and more. These studies are generally small but the results have been promising. The evidence surrounding the effectiveness of tart cherry in fighting inflammatory pain disorders is growing.

Tart cherries contain compounds that both block pain signals and reduce inflammation. This means that they can tackle the pain from arthritis on two fronts. They can relieve inflammation associated with arthritis, but also block pain signaling from your inflamed joints, reducing the sensation of pain alongside reducing inflammation.

These positive characteristics of tart cherries are credited to anthocyanins – plant pigments that have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These pigments are found in many dark-colored or deeply pigmented fruits, such as blueberries, raspberries, and more. Tart cherries have some of the highest levels of anthocyanins, which is why they are so effective in reducing pain.

Types Of Conditions Tart Cherry Is Effective For

Tart cherries have long been thought to be effective against osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is generally more receptive to tart cherry. Osteoarthritis is usually age-related but can be caused by injuries. Most commonly it is due to chronic inflammation in the body. It’s different from rheumatoid arthritis, which is a highly inflammatory, autoimmune disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks healthy cells in the joints and other areas of the body.

There is no cure for either type of arthritis, but RA is very difficult to manage naturally. It is not impossible – some of the pain receptors that are activated by RA may be affected by tart cherry supplementation, but the inflammation found in osteoarthritis can be more easily quelled with natural options. Tart Cherry is also very effective for arthritis associated with gout.

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At Well Theory, we are passionate about finding new ways to help you holistically improve your overall well-being. This is why we decided to develop our new Tart Cherry Extract. This new supplement provides all the natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant relief you need – without the added sugars found in tart cherry juice. This new product gives you a natural, convenient option for anti-inflammatory support.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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5 Signs You’re Experiencing Oxidative Stress

5 Signs You're Experiencing Oxidative Stress

Are You Experiencing Oxidative Stress?

here's how to tell:

Oxidation is what occurs when your body metabolizes oxygen to use it in its natural processes. When you breathe in, your cells use oxygen to create energy, fight off infection, and more. As oxygen molecules are used during energy production, free radicals are released. Metabolism is a basic cellular process during which fuel is produced for the basic cell functions. Part of this very natural and essential process is a waste product called a ‘free radical’.

Free radicals are unstable molecules with unpaired electrons. Again, they are an unavoidable byproduct of cellular metabolism. Free radicals can steal electrons from lipids, proteins, RNA, and DNA, causing them damage. This is because they have an unmatched electron as part of their structure.

Because these electrons want to be in pairs, they travel through the body to group together. The free radical is always on the hunt for another electron to steal from any and all molecules in the body. While this is a normal process, too many free radicals can wreak havoc on your body, causing inflammation, stress, speeding up aging, and more. A well-balanced and healthy body has mechanisms to minimize and dispose of free radicals.

To read more about what oxidative stress is, check out this blog: What Is Oxidative Stress?

Today, we’re going to talk about 5 signs you may be experiencing oxidative stress symptoms, and what you can do to relieve them.

Oxidative Stress Symptoms

what to look out for, and why they occur

Oxidation is normal and small amounts of free radicals can even be beneficial. However, too many free radicals can harm your body, speed up aging, and exert harmful effects on all areas of your health. Keep reading to learn about 5 signs that may be pointing towards oxidative stress symptoms:

  1. You feel fatigued. When your body is under oxidative stress, it uses a lot of energy to combat symptoms such as inflammation. You may not get the restful sleep you need, and during the day, it can be difficult to keep up your energy reserves.
  2. Brain fog/lack of concentration. If you notice that you’re losing your train of thought, suddenly have the inability to focus, and feel like you’re in a mental “fog,” oxidative stress may be the culprit.
  3. Muscle and joint pain. Free radicals can cause over-inflammation in the joints and muscles. If you feel more fatigued than normal after a workout, or wake up with sore joints and muscles, you may need to incorporate more antioxidants in your diet and make some lifestyle changes.
  4. Headaches. Headaches can also be indicative of pollutants in the air. This happens when your body depletes its energy reserves trying to detoxify and break down harmful chemicals.
  5. Increase in stress and anxiety. Your body will give you warning signs that it’s under stress, and lack of good sleep, persistent pain in your muscles and joints, and headaches can make you feel ill at ease. This study linked oxidative stress to depression and anxiety in middle-aged and menopausal women.

How To Prevent Oxidative Stress

Oxidation is a normal and natural function of the body, and when your body is able to detoxify the free radicals that are generated in this process, you shouldn’t experience any of these symptoms. However, uncontrolled oxidative stress can accelerate your aging process and can lead to the development of a number of inflammatory conditions if left unchecked.

To prevent this, it’s important to promote balance - in your diet, lifestyle, exercise, sleep routines, and more. It’s important to reduce pollutants in your life, so get houseplants that can cleanse the air in your living space, avoid products like heavily scented laundry detergents, harsh cleaning chemicals, and others, and try to get some fresh air at least once a week. Remember to change the filters of your air conditioner too. There are also air-filtering products available to provide a constant cleansing of your surrounding air.

Also include antioxidants in your diet. Fruits and berries, such as cherries, and leafy greens like spinach are rich in antioxidants and help promote antioxidant production in your body naturally. 

This is why we decided to develop our new Tart Cherry Extract. Tart cherries are an excellent source of antioxidants – and since many of our lifestyles don’t include antioxidant activities or diets, it’s important to supplement when you can.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE