Fit Bits: The Cherry Remedy


If your muscles are sore after a day of skiing, comfort them with cherries. Michigan State University scientists recently discovered that cherries get their red color from anthocyanin, a naturally occurring antioxidant that's as potent as commercial antioxidant vitamins E and C. Eating 20 tart cherries, which contain 12-25 mg of anthocyanin, relieves muscle pain and reduces inflammation better than a normal dose of aspirin¿without the stomach irritation common to anti-inflammatory drugs. Dr. Muraleedharan Nair, a chief researcher of the study at Michigan State University, explains, "Anthocyanin prevents cell damage and blocks the enzymes that produce muscle inflammation." The research also suggests that cherry consumption might help prevent chronic cardiovascular diseases and slow the aging process.