I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and one of the joys of that is arthritis and joint pain. I get flare ups in my shoulders, toes, hips and fingers. I know a lot of readers also suffer from joint pain and arthritis, so I thought I would share my Tart Cherry Juice remedy today.
For the past month or so, my right hip has been in a pretty nasty arthritic flare up. The joint pain has been almost alarming at times, it feels almost like a very bad tooth ache. Maybe 7 or 8 out of 10 on a 1-10 pain scale. And when it was at its worst, I was limping, and the aching was almost constant.
I’ve been doing stretches and keeping up with walking. And I’ve also been taking my Tart Cherry Juice daily. A friend at work recommended it to me over the summer, when I was having joint pain in my shoulders). She is a runner and has arthritis in her back and she swears by it. She learned about it from her college-age son, who plays hockey and does body building. I guess it is all the rage with the 20 somethings, who knows.
There are a lot of benefits of Tart Cherry Juice. It decreases swelling and arthritis pain, helps you sleep, aids digestion, boosts immunity, and more.
Research shows that the antioxidants in tart cherry juice can reduce pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis. A 2012 study showed that drinking cherry juice twice a day for 21 days reduced the pain felt by people with osteoarthritis. –Source
The directions are to dilute 2 Tablespoons in water. *You really have to dilute this, it is very tart.* I didn’t dilute it enough until recently. When you pour it into the tablespoon it looks very dark and thick, almost like cough syrup. Now I drink it in a full glass of cold water. It goes down smooth and it tastes refreshing. So make sure you dilute it in plenty of water, seltzer, or juice.
I can say for sure that my hip is about 70% better now. I do think the Tart Cherry Juice is helping, and here is why: the last time I had a hip flare up, it lasted 9 months and that is no joke. It was horrible. This flare up felt identical, so when it first reared it’s ugly head, my heart sunk. I was like, “Oh shit not this again, I cannot deal with this for another 9 months!” And I am doing the same things as far as keeping up with stretching and mild exercise. The ONLY difference this time is I am taking the Tart Cherry Juice.
The friend who told me about the wonders of Tart Cherry Juice insisted that I get the brand shown here. It is Dynamic Health Organic Certified Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate. I think because it is certified organic, I don’t remember. But for what it’s worth, my hip is feeling much better and I am now a fan. (And if you have Amazon Prime, you can get it with free shipping too).
She also says it helps her sleep! I noticed a lot of the customer reviews say that too. It has natural melatonin in it, which they say is much more effective than taking it in a pill form.
Some of the negative reviews say it’s not thick enough and that it used to come in a glass bottle. All I know is I’m not limping, my hip isn’t aching all day, I feel a lot better than a few weeks ago, and for that I am grateful.
If you suffer from joint pain, arthritis flare ups and inflammation like me, you should at give Tart Cherry Juice a look.
What helps you when you have joint pain? Please share so we all can benefit 🙂
Wishing you peace and good joints,