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Ease The Pain Of Arthritis With Tart Cherries
(NC) - September is Arthritis Awareness Month and did you know that more than 15 per cent of Canadians are unable to enjoy the simplest activities due to the pain from arthritis and inflammation?
Rather than looking to over-the-counter prescriptions to soothe your pain, look on the kitchen counter and give tart cherries a try. Drinking tart cherry juice has been a long time natural remedy for arthritis and gout sufferers to ease debilitating pain. 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.
Another added bonus is that they are easy to add into everyday meals. Cherries don't have to be limited to desserts and salads - try out this interesting combination for your next morning brunch:
- 5 medium waxy potatoes cut into 1- inch cubes
- 1 onion, sliced
- 2/3 (160 mL) or 1 cup (250 mL) dried tart cherries
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) olive oil (plus 1- 2 extra if needed)
- 1- 2 tsp (5 - 10 mL) crushed red chilies (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Saute the onions and cherries over low- medium heat for 15 minutes or until the onions become a deep brown (but not burnt).
At the same time as the onions are cooking, boil the potatoes in salted water until fork tender.
Add the potatoes to the skillet with the onions (with the extra oil if needed) and saute for 5 minutes on high to crisp up the potatoes
Season with salt, pepper, and chilies, to taste.
More recipes and information about the health benefits of tart cherries can be found online at www.choosecherries.com.