Doctor's Note

Here are the links to the videos I mentioned about tart pie cherries: Tart Cherries for Insomnia and Reducing Muscle Soreness with Berries.

Here are two ways I incorporate cherries into my diet:

Other studies in which anti-inflammatory drugs were compared natural dietary remedies include: Turmeric Curcumin and Osteoarthritis and Turmeric Curcumin and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Anti-inflammatory activity in a test tube is one thing, but can cherries actually be used clinically to treat inflammatory diseases? Stay tuned for my next video, Gout Treatment with a Cherry on Top.

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  • HemoDynamic, M.D.

    As always, Awesome!
    Very pertinent to my everyday practice. This is what I teach my patients almost every single day.

    To beat the sting, eat the Bing!

  • Nevo

    This is good info. Thanks.

    As far as cherries and their inclusion on the FODMAP list, how do you feel about FODMAP-free diets? I’ve read that FODMAP issues could be responsible for bacteria in guts either depleting and or preventing absorption of B12. Any thoughts? And it supposedly does wonders for those seeking relief from IBS issues. Lots of people claiming to have great turns in health after going on low FODMAP diets.

    • FaintCryofFreedom

      Remember that B12 is essential & can only be found in meat sources, mainly red meat. You cannot derive it from plant sources. If you are not eating red meat & are experiencing a decrease in energy, you must supplement B12. Cyanocobalamin variety must filter thru your liver before your body uses it. Best to use methylcobalamin B12 (raw) as it’s instantly absorbed in your stomach & intestines. You will certainly notice the difference immediately! Your body also stores it for later use, so don’t overdo it! One capsule (usually in powder form, just pull capsule apart & add to your juice or water, best taken on an empty stomach before your morning meal) will last your body probably 4-7 days. It’s economical & a real kickstarter!

      • Nevo

        You wrote….”Your body also stores it methyl B12) for later use, so don’t overdo it!” Does the science show conclusively that our bodies can store B12 from supplements for later use….I am wondering how long it stores it for? Also, if B12 is water soluble vitamin, and water soluble vitamins get urinated out after the body grabs what it needs, how could we being storing B12 supplements? Maybe I’m just confused about something here, but logic seems to raise this question.
        Thank you.

        • JacquieRN

          Hi Nevo, good questions.

          Water-soluble vitamins, are stored in the body for only a brief period of time and are then excreted by the kidneys. The one exception to this is vitamin B12, which is stored in the liver for 2-3 yrs.

          You may be interested to view several of Dr. Greger’s B12 videos (link below) and to see the research be sure to click on Sources Cited under the video.

          http://nutritionfacts.org/index.php?s=b12

      • guest

        Fodmap foods, for those who are adversely effected by them, are thought to create a bacterial environment in body that makes absorbing and retaining B12 (from supplements or food) difficult. Just theories. But the list of Fodmap success stories (vegans as well as non-vegans) is long and seems to be growing.

      • JacquieRN

        Dr. Greger’s recommendation:

        http://nutritionfacts.org/questions/which-type-of-b12-is-best/

        “We don’t have as much data (in terms of proper dosing and efficacy) on preventing/reversing B12 deficiency in vegans with any other form that cyanocobalamin. Until there is I’m less comfortable recommending it.”

      • Zuppkko

        In a study meat was shown to have a negative impact on b12 ballance. Milk was best, supplements were second.
        And, there is little reasearch but, people not consuming treated water and processed food have show no or little signs of b12 deficiency (yet to be reasearched), looks like diet itself isnt the major factor. “Cleaning” the water and food very well might be.

  • David

    Very helpful, however, and maybe I missed the answer to this, but what is the amount of cherries that is a recommend equivalent pill dosage?

    • HemoDynamic, M.D.

      Good question.

      The study used 280 grams (about 2 cups) per day for 28 days.

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16549461

      • David

        Thank you, that’s good to know. Does leave me wondering if I should include a small amount daily and “up it” to two cups a day when I have a specific problem arise.

      • Jean

        My 1st day of 2 cups of frozen bing cherries didn’t go too well. Within 2 hours of ingesting a migraine started building up big time. Was it all that sugar, 36 gms or what.
        This video like so many on this web site gives some information but not enough to know how to put it to practical use. And many of us couldn’t afford it anyway.
        Of that 1 in 1200 that have bleeding problems what made them at risk and not others?

      • george

        Since it’s not practical for most of us to eat two cups of cherries everyday for almost a month, even if it’s frozen cherries, how about cherry juice concentrate?

      • Thea

        Dr. HemoDynamic: Oh, it’s you who let us know about the 2 cups! I mis-remembered. Thank you for this information!

        I also messed up in terms of reading your post very carefully. I didn’t notice the “per day for 28 days” part. So, on Tuesday morning, I felt a headache coming on. I said to myself, “I have a bag that is just about 2 cups of sweet cherries. Let’s try it.” By 10:00, I was in too much pain and had to take a pill. (The cherries didn’t make my pain any worse, unlike what another poster said. It just didn’t stop the headache coming on.)

        Now that I see that it is a cumulative effect that must be taken every day for 4 weeks, I’ll have to think this through some more. I don’t mind spending money on my health. But: a) there is a physical space issue in my freezer. b) And then there is the issue of physically getting 2 cups of fruit into my tummy each day like that. I was pretty darn sick of eating cherries by the time I got to the bottom of the two cups last Tuesday. I thought I loved cherries, but it turns out I don’t like them all *that* much. c) And finally, there is the issue of whether or not I think it will really do all that much good for my particular case. I find that I need the migraine medicine more than I need the straight ibuprofen. If the point of the cherries is just anti-inflamatory effects, I don’t know how much it would really help me. I still might give it a 28 day try. I just have to think about it.

        I’m just sharing my experience. Without your nice post, I would not know what I would need to do in order to try to replicate the results in myself. Thanks!

        • Jean

          I’m not crazy about the sugar load with 2 cups of cherries plus the $60+ per month, plus the need for freezer space I don’t have. And I’d be sick of them before the month half gone.
          Even if the last 3 problems would work out the 1st one of 36gms of sugar per 2 cups cherries is a deal breaker. I will just continue with cayenne and other gut healing herbs.

          • Thea

            Jean: I don’t share your concern with “sugar”. Based on the research I have done, I’m very confident that table sugar and whole fruit are completely different “animals.” (ha, ha) Also, I believe that two cups of cherries translates into 4 servings of fruit – well within established guidelines for healthy eating.

            As for the cost, it is a serious bummer, but I would rather spend even $100 per month or more even than die… So, it’s a concern and a bummer, but I would still do it if it worked.

            Since I buy groceries once a week, this solution would mean finding room in my freezer for 7 bags of frozen cherries. I can do it. It would just require some creative shuffling and maybe not freezing some things that I would normally freeze. I also will have to eat some things to clean out the freezer. It’s a hassle, but may be worth the effort. If the cherries work, then I could get an extra freezer to put in the garage.

            Then again, I have found that frozen fruits and veggies do just fine in the regular refrigerate for at least a few days. So, I wouldn’t have to find room for all 7 bags in the freezer.

            The biggest concern I have, and one that I share with you, is just getting sick of eating that much cherries. I had trouble getting through one day’s worth. So, spooning 2 cups day in and day out for a month, let alone the rest of my life (or at least until menopause) is something I have doubts about. But I do really, really, really want to get off the pills… I think I maybe just talked myself into giving it a try.

            Thanks for sharing. We may not share the exact the same concerns, but it was interesting to see what factors are important to someone else and that I’m not the only person who maybe likes cherries, but not that many.

          • Jean

            You are fortunate if it is really just the monthly migraine. Mine were monthly in pre-menopause but steadily worsened after menopause. Have to drive 25 miles to a city to buy frozen cherries and an extra freeezer would be prohibitive. I will stay tuned to see if the experiment works for you.

          • Thea

            Jean: Yes, it’s once a month, but it is once a month
            for two almost solid weeks. It doesn’t
            feel lucky most of the time. But since,
            as you point out, it could get worse, I should probably count my blessings.

  • Catherine J Frompovich

    Excellent information, Dr. Greger! Glad to read about the skullduggery involving pharmaceutical companies and how they neutralize those who know the facts, which most folks are not aware of, but ought to be. That type of information is part of being an informed healthcare consumer, I contend. Furthermore, consumers should have available via the media more candid and open discussion(s) regarding Big Pharma’s ‘turf’ protection activities.
    Thank you for what you do.

  • brec

    On videos or articles like this which present the benefit of a specific food, I wonder… how was that food chosen for study? Is there reason to believe the particular food is much better than other plant foods at delivering the studied benefit?

  • Thea

    This video is hugely relevant to my own situation since I take a lot of NSAIDS – either straight ibuprophen or as part of over-the-counter migraine medication. Without the drugs, I get in so much pain, I can’t function. So, it is a risk I feel I have to take or risk loosing my job, social activities, etc. However, maybe the next time I get a headache I will try to eat a couple cups (thanks for the dosage Darryl!) of cherries instead. It seems worth a try.

    • Thea

      I should add, I was previously, generally aware of stomach bleeding potential of NSAIDs, but I was not aware of the specifics shared in this video. Very scary. Thanks Dr. Greger for the info.

    • FaintCryofFreedom

      Wow, have you been tested for food allergies (wheat, barley, gluten in general)? What causes your chronic migraines? I’d hate for anyone to have to endure repeated dosing with NSAIDs because they can be so damaging.

      • Thea

        Based on years of personal observation, I believe these problems are related to my menstral cycle, not food. Thanks for your concern, though.

    • guest

      If you have not already done so, please consider 6 months completely free of all beans and grains. (Stay vegan, though)

      Eliminate all nightshades as well.

      So much of what you already know might prevent you from being open to this – but this path has worked for so many people, not just vegans. Start slowly, then 100%. There is really no way of explaining the shift in how the body feels until one experiences bean and grain free for a significant amount of time. Changes lives.

      • Thea

        guest: I understand that you are trying to be helpful. I appreciate that. But as you say, so much of what I already know prevents me from being open to this idea. I’ve done a fair amount of research on the topic. There is so much overwhelming and compelling evidence concerning the health benefits of whole grains and beans. Just look at the videos on this site alone. Plus, I do not find the evidence against whole grains and beans (found on other sites) to be compelling at all. Thus, for my own diet, it would be foolish of me to stop eating those healthy foods.

        I understand that other people feel that they get a benefit from eliminating these 2 out of the 5 main food groups. If you are such a person, I hope your diet does benefit you long term and wish you well.

        • guest

          Just remember, your situation involves a lot of NSAIDS, and this is not the case for the majority of the population. And most people can eat beans and grains without problems (debatable), but for now, please consider that you might be the exception, and that the conventional and well established benefits of beans and grains just might not apply to your situation. This just might be your chance at freedom. It just takes accepting some irony and paradoxical thought. Such is life. Best of luck to you.

        • Rivka Freeman

          Sounds like you need 4000mg omega3 every 4-6 hours with lots of magnesium ascorbate and some salt bathes for detox. Two tablespoons of ground flax seeds provides 4000mg omega3. I’d like Dr Greger to return to the subject of too much flax is goitrogenic.

          • Thea

            Rivka: Thanks for your input!!

            FYI: I do currently take 2 T ground flax a day. But only once a day…

            Take care and thanks again for your thoughts.

        • Jean

          I have migraines also managed with NSAIDs. Can not find a food link and have tried for a long time. Did change to a whole foods plant based starchivore diet 3+ years ago. Was discouraged because just seemed to get worse. But my last acute attack was 7 months ago. Since then they are silent to mild migraines but things change and who knows what tomorrow will bring. At least the rest of me is healthy. I would rather use NSAIDs than be sick, dehydrated, unable to eat or drink and non-functional. Trying some cherries seems an easy experiment.

          • Thea

            Jean: Thanks for sharing! I didn’t notice a change in my headaches one way or another when I went vegan. I’m glad things have gotten better for you the last 7 months. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it will continue to get better for you.

        • DGH

          “There is so much overwhelming and compelling evidence concerning the health benefits of whole grains and beans.”

          You are right. I have been eating different types of beans with every meal, generally either red kidney beans, black beans, black kabuli chickpeans, immature soybeans or tofu. I had to increase my protein intake as a result of a lot more exercise. I can’t see any harm in eating beans, and migraines are not a common symptom of eating grains (even if you have celiac). On the other hand, I have heard of naturopaths curing people of things like psoriasis by eliminating common categories of foods (such as dairy, soy, gluten, etc).

          • Thea

            DGH: Thanks for jumping in! I value your input.

            Your post was also a good reminder to me about getting more beans into my diet. You are good role model. Thanks!

          • DGH

            They (beans) are the only complete source of protein in a vegan diet, and they (beans) include peas, peanuts and soy.

    • Coacervate

      I used to get migraines…usually just the shimmering lights, little pain. Anyway, I’ve been drinking/eating black currant/beet juice or the whole foods for about a year and the frequency has gone way down. I have made other changes too but somehow the daily dose of anthos seems to be the best preventative for me. Best wishes!

      • Thea

        Coacervate: That’s fascinating. I collect stories about what helps other people with their headaches and usually end up trying them at some point.

        One of the reasons I said your post is fascinating: The black currant idea. I have a family member who is carefully taking black currants every day to help with glaucoma / trying to stop vision loss. She started doing this after seeing Dr. Greger’s video on the subject. It’s still early to tell, but an initial test at the doctor’s shows positive/good results!

        I found some “black jumbo raisins” at Trader Joes. I like them and have been eating them. I wonder if they have the same stuff that the black currents have in them. Also, I found some black beluga lentils at the grocery store. They are the first lentil that I like. And I wonder if they have the anthos… stuff in them too. If so, maybe I could try eating those foods more consistently. I’m not a fan of the black currant juice. (yuck on my taste buds) But I think I would enjoy the black lentils and black jumbo raisins–especially if I could figure out the dosage. Just thinking about the possibilities.

        Thanks again for sharing your experience. Most intriguing.

        • DGH

          I am curious – how do you cook the lentils and what do you eat them in/with?

          • Thea

            DGH: I first got interested in the black beluga lentils 1) because of their color and 2) because I was working on the following recipe:

            http://mouthwateringvegan.com/2013/04/07/my-vegan-burger-king/

            The recipe calls for the fat green french lentils. I thought that these black babies would work just as well.

            I cooked them just like I would any dried bean – except that I didn’t soak them first. It’s been long enough that I don’t remember how long I cooked them, but I think you could use the same directions you would use for the green french lentils (for which I am thinking directions can be found on the internet).

            So, I’ve only made the black beluga lentils twice. I want to make them more part of my regular diet. Which means that I would use them in other recipes than just the one I listed above. What I particularly like about the black ones is the texture. More like little baby beans than the mushy stuff that traditional flat lentils usually end up being. So, I’m thinking you could use these black ones just like you would any other little bean…

          • DGH

            Very interesting. Thanks for this information. I will read the packet instructions on how long to cook them. I do know that you don’t soak lentils first. It is amazing how diverse legumes are, in terms of what dishes they can go into.

        • Coacervate

          You’re on to it. Keep trying till it works for you. Here is my recipe: 1 shot of single strength unsweetened black currant juice (aarrghh!), 1 shot of single strength red beet juice (i freeze and press a few kg every week, freeze then thaw to get heaps of sweet juice), 1/2 shot of ginger extract (I make this by boiling grated root, filter). mix and top up with selzer water to taste. The flavours balance out nicely. Wish I could send you some to try.

          • Thea

            Coacervate: Thanks for posting your actual recipe! I’m definitely interested in trying it.

            One thing I’m impressed with is that you make the beet juice and ginger extract yourself. I think I know what to do for the ginger extract, but I’m not sure about the beet juice. Do you freeze raw beets and then squeeze them by hand? Or do you have a juicer? Do you cook first?

            The inclusion of ginger was especially interesting to me because there was another poster on this site who said she uses ginger to help with her migraines. I gave it a shot and it did not work. But then again, I didn’t follow the instructions very well. I didn’t take nearly as much as the poster did. I don’t think I could do that. Instead, I made a home-made ginger tea. That is not a fair test because I didn’t get any whole ginger in me, let alone the concentration the poster is doing.

            Thanks again for providing more details. I am even more intrigued.

          • Coacervate

            First, my opinion is that you need to establish a certain baseline level of “goodies” to minimize the frequency and severity of migrates. So I would try a daily dose rather than reactively drinking a single treatment.

            Beet juice is easy: Wash and then freeze whole beetroot. Thaw, slice and then squeeze. We use one of these: http://store.nexternal.com/homebrew/fruit-press-ferrari-mini-p870.aspx

            Mix with black currant…it has a low pH that stabilizes the PPO browning that runs rampant in neutral pH beet juice.

            It is so good we just got into a habit and now we always have some fresh beet juice or pull em out of our garden and boil in vinegar. I’m addicted to them because they are so sweet and they make me feel great.

            I like to mix beet (betalain) pigment with currant (anthocyanin) to encourage synergy that may exist witht he two…add some ginger and it is amazing.

            one last thing…all of my SAD eating friends just love the fizzy curannt/beet/ginger drink. it is very “more-ish”. Cheers!

          • Thea

            Coacervate: Thanks for the follow up information! Also, your point about “… I would try a daily dose…” is well received, especially in light of this study were people had to take the cherries every day.

  • 1stnewmy

    How does Aspirin effect the COX 1 and COX 2 action?

    • Sara

      If I remember back to class, aspirin works on a different pathway so it don’t not cause ulcers or stomach linings issues. It does thin the blood though

      • Merio
      • Veganrunner

        Actually, aspirin does cause stomach issues. Bleeding and anemia if overused. They all do. Except less with COX 2. But that decreases the good prostacyclin which is important for CV health.

  • tbatts666

    Wow. I never heard of that Merck story. Got to love the freedom of information act. Neutralizing scientists… That is nuts!

  • Sara

    Dr Greger, could you please make a video or article to clear up the news on lectins. Low carbers say they are toxic, but clearly they can’t be if high carb plant based is the way to go? The more beans the better right?

  • Ilana

    What about dark sweet cherries?

    • Arjan den Hollander.

      The more colour the more effect would be the conclusion of the story.

      So for the biggest bang for your freezer space, freeze the darkest you can find for future ailments.

  • Arjan den Hollander.

    Mmmm next tooth ache I’ll give that a try.
    A foundation of cherries and dose up from there :)

    As 4 beans as a non allergic person towards foods in general,
    I do bump into limits especially with lentils which I had to give up.
    Other beans are ok till about 250 grams a day.
    Any more and things go wrong in a dose dependant way.
    Dose and observe the effects would be my advice.

    I personally go the cut oats, quinoa and sweet potatoe combo as carb staple. Cooked in white tea and lemon water. Spiced up with spices (ceylon cinnamon, cloves 0.1g, coconut), berries and a wee bit of extra protein powder. Cook a batch every 2 days to last 6 servings. very tasty and none of the stomach upset.

  • BingCherryEnthusiast

    Dear honored doctor,
    How many fresh sweet bing cherries would it take
    to equal 1 dose of ibuprofen? Let’s say, 200mg of ibuprofen to Xg of
    bing cherries?
    If a bing cherry is 8g, how many cherries would = 200mg of ibuprofen?
    Ahh… please tell me if this calculation is correct dear, kind, good doctor:
    100g of bing cherries = 86.6mg of anthocyanin (fresh flesh+skin)
    1g of bing = .866mg anthocyanin
    0.866mg*X = 200mg (X = grams of bing)
    200/0.866 = X
    230.947 = X
    ~231 grams of bing cherries = 200mg of anthocyanin
    Since,
    1 bing = 8g, 8g*X = 231g => => ~29 cherries = 200mg of anthocyanin
    Therefore,
    Eating
    29 fresh bing cherries should produce an equivalent pain relief as a
    normal does of ibuprofen pill BUT without letting our body digest its
    own stomach and intestines.
    What do you think?

    P.S.
    8g of 1
    bing might include mass of pit, which in normal cases will not be
    consumed and therefore changes the # of bing to equal 200mg anthocyanin.

    If so, a new calculation would be necessary, but I don’t think the pit is more than 15% of the cherry weight, so,
    29 bing is accurate to a +15% rate of error (dependent on pit mass data)
    29 might be good, but 34 will certainly give 200mg of anthocyanin to your blood cells.
    Please let me know what you think about the calculation. Thank you for all that you do.

    • Arjan den Hollander.

      Not all anthocyanins are “created” equal, without the knowledge which ones work and which ones don’t the only thing left is guesswork.

      Calculations based on guesstimates will not give you any usefull insight.

  • Penny

    I really want to try this for my boyfriend. He takes Aleve on a very regular basis which worries me. I had to stop taking NSAIDS because they trigger heart palpitations for me. Then again, I have a negative reaction from most of the medications I have ever tried. My primary care physician tried to tell me that isn’t possible because NSAIDS are good for the heart. Yes, I am looking for a new PCP.
    I’m thinking maybe I can make a smoothie with a good portion of sweet cherries and other anti-inflammatory fruits or spices. I have to come up with an easy, yet tasty, way to convince him to try it. He does drink cranberry juice on occasion, which he claims to get good results from.

    • Coacervate

      FWIW, my wife suffered strange reactions (mottled face, itchy nose, headache) to a wide variety of foods but nothing made sense until we tried eliminating all high salicylate foods. BINGO. It is no small undertaking because they are everywhere but well worth the trouble if you are so afflicted. Just a thought. Best wishes!

  • Arizona

    Here’ an interesting quote from http://www.food-info.net/uk/colour/anthocyanin.htm :

    Anthocyanins occur in nearly all plant families and thus in many
    edible plants. In food, the main sources of anthocyanins are berries,
    such as blackberries, grapes, blueberries etc, and some vegetables, such
    as egg-plants (aubergine) and avocado. Other sources include oranges,
    elderberry, olives, red onion, fig, sweet potato, mango and purple corn.
    The natural production of anthocyanins in nature is estimated to be 109 tonnes/year !
    …Anthocyanin content in some edible plants foodstuff

    Anthocyanin in mg per 100 g food

    aubergine (egg plant) 750
    black currant 130-400
    blackberry 83-326
    blueberry 25-497
    cherry 350-400
    chokeberry 200-1000
    cranberry 60-200
    elderberry 450
    orange ~200
    radish 11-60
    raspberry 10-60
    red currant 80-420
    red grape 30-750
    red onions 7-21
    red wine 24-35
    strawberry 15-35

  • Arizona

    http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/phytochemicals/flavonoids/flavtab2.html

    Table 2: Anthocyanin, Flavanol and Proanthocyanidin Content of
    Selected Foods (mg/100g or 100 ml*) (3, 129-135)

    Anthocyanin-rich foods
    Anthocyanins
    Flavanols
    Proanthocyanidins

    Blackberry
    89-211

    13-19

    6-47

    Blueberry
    67-183

    1

    88-261

    Grapes, red
    25-92

    2

    44-76

    Raspberries (red)
    10-84
    9
    5-59

    Strawberry
    15-75

    -
    97-183

    Red wine
    1-35

    1-55
    24-70

    Plum
    2-25

    1-6

    106-334

    Red cabbage
    25

    0

    -

    Red onion
    13- 25

    -

    -

    Blood orange juice
    3-10
    -
    -

    Flavanol-rich foods

    Anthocyanins
    Flavanols
    Proanthocyanidins

    Green tea
    -

    24-216

    -

    Black tea
    -

    5-158

    4

    Chocolate, dark
    -

    43-63

    90-322

    Apple, red delicious with peel
    1-4

    2-12

    89-148

    Apricot
    -
    10-25
    8-13

  • Arizona

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthocyanin#In_food
    Food source
    Anthocyanin content in mg per 100 g
    Açaí
    320
    Blackcurrant
    190–270
    Chokeberry
    1,480[8]
    Eggplant
    750
    Blood orange
    ~200
    Marion blackberry
    317[9]
    Black raspberry
    589[10]
    Raspberry
    365
    Wild blueberry
    558[11]
    Cherry
    350–400
    Redcurrant
    80–420
    Purple corn
    1,642[12]
    Purple corn leaves
    10x more than in kernels[13]
    Concord grape
    326[14]
    Norton grape
    888[14]

    Anyone know where I can buy purple corn?

  • GB

    We are

  • Michel Voss

    Mother nature’s berries contain more anti-inflammatory polyphenols than cherries, Canada blueberry: phenol-explorer.eu/contents/food/126
    nutritionfacts.org/video/best-berries/

  • befororewisdom

    Do black cherries fit into the category of “sweet cherries” – the cherries with the anti-inflammatory power?

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  • Quest

    This is interesting information but not practical. 2 cups of cherries per day every day is expensive and not necessary as there are other foods/spices that are COX-2 inhibiters such as Turmeric, Ginger and Boswellia. Much easier and less expensive to use.

  • Thea

    At least one person expressed interest in hearing back from me if I gave this a try. So, for anyone interested: I tried to see if I could get this idea of cherries=”some migraine help” to work for me. Today marks the end of a two month trial period. What happened? Bottom Line: I don’t think all those cherries did much for me. Or if it did, the effect was not enough to make it worth my effort to continue the experiment. Next stop: I’m going to try Coacervate’s idea, if I can work out a few technical difficulties.

    Before you decide my experience is in any way meaningful, you might want to read some important details:

    • Except for two days when I ate fresh cherries, I ate frozen cherries. As the video says, frozen is not as effective as fresh. (though it is second best).
    • I ate two cups a day – but two cups as measured when frozen. When they thawed out, it was more like a cup and half a day.
    • I haven’t read the original study. I have absolutely no idea how close I came to replicating it. Maybe I fell far short?
    • Out of the two months, I know of only two days where I did not eat any cherries that day. On the other hand, the two days when I ate fresh cherries – I ate far more than two cups.
    • I went for convenience over cost. One of my local grocery stores sells convenient two cup bags of frozen cherries. Every day was very easy: I just grabbed a bag from the freezer. No measuring necessary. I could take it to eat anywhere, including throughout the day at work. However, these bags cost almost $6/bag. For some people like myself, that’s quite spendy if you are buying 7 bags a week. It would be worth it if there was a dramatic effect, but not so worth it for the effect, if any, that I got.
    • I bought organic, sweet cherries.
    • I didn’t take this seriously in that I did not quantify symptoms before or during experiment. In other words, in order to do a fair self-test, I should have done the following: I should have spent 3 months leading up to the test documenting every day that I experienced migraines, rating them on intensity and marking how many and which kind of pills I took. And then I should have continued that important documentation during the two month trial period. Then I could have some data that I could have used to see if there really was any effect or not. Without that data and with so many migraines and pills during the trial period, all I can say is: I did feel during part of the trial period that while I was still getting migraines, the pain was not quite as intense and I was able to take fewer pills. Maybe. Since I didn’t do the proper documentation and since the effect was minor enough that I couldn’t say for sure, I’m just going by gut feeling and that gut feeling could be based more on me wanting the experiment to work than it actually working.
    • My initial concern about finding space in my freezer for all those cherries was very much misplaced. Those nice convenient two cup bags of cherries easily fit into nooks and crannies in my freezer.
    • Another concern that was misplaced was my fear that I would not enjoy the experiment. I found that once again, Dr. Barnard was correct: You like what you eat. The more I ate the cherries, the more I enjoyed the experience and looked forward to eating them. Even after two months of eating two cups a day, I am not sick of cherries. I found my enjoyment of the cherries increased for a while as the days passed. Then it plateau-ed into a steady enjoyable level without hitting an addictive enjoyment. Also on the taste topic: This was a great experiment to do in the summer. There were many a hot days when I really enjoyed sucking on partially frozen cherries. It was a nice summer treat.
    • On the negative side of enjoyment: It seems that most experts feel that 3 to 4 servings of fruit a day is about right or perhaps the maximum. At two cups a day, I was eating 4 servings. So, I felt that eating other fruit may not be all that healthy. And I found that I missed the variety that I am used to having each day, including, often, an apple, which is also very healthy to eat every day.

    Note that even studies with great results don’t often work for everyone. So, just because this didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean that it won’t work for you. No way to know unless you try.

  • mamie

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