Managing Your Pain

Best and Worst Foods for Pain

Some research suggests that certain foods may affect rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

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But not just any cherry. "There's some evidence that tart cherries can affect the sensation of pain," says Sandon. And studies have shown decreases in blood levels of a number of different inflammatory markers associated with consuming this tree fruit. Cherries have a reputation for relieving gout, another form of arthritis that involves repeat episodes of pain.

In fact, a study conducted by Dr. Choi found that people who ate cherries over a period of two days had a 35% lower risk of gout attacks than those who didn't.

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