THE “4 FOODS THAT HELP FIGHT POST-RUN INFLAMMATION”, listed in the article by Texas Boesch for running.competitor.com are found on most other listicles that provide similar information. You possibly are aware of each, and have been meaning to try at least one. If not, this is a reminder to all athletes.
Fresh fruit is available in abundance in most locales in the summertime, and visits to farm markets may help locate some less common items and spices. Predictably the article features an image of fresh cherries to entice readers to click and read further. Ginger, turmeric, and watermelon finish off the list of recommended foods.
But a distinction should be made. Not all cherries are created equal when it comes to anti-inflammatory qualities. It’s the RED TART cherries that fight the good fight best although all cherries have anthocyanins, an inflammation-beating substance. The sour tart red cherries have the higher levels.
The article’s image is of sweet black cherries, which are easier to find in grocery and produce stores, and to munch on as a delicious fresh fruit snack, so it makes sense to picture them. If you are keen to experience the arthritis easing effects of the tarts, try tart red cherry juice. I buy it in a box that similar to what ‘box-wines’ come in, with a little spigot for pouring small doses throughout the day. I mix it with sparlking water or with grapefruit juice.
In evaluating my nutrition habits with regard to these 4 anti-inflammatory items, I realized I’m a big fan of watermelon and prefer the seeded type, because it is more visually appealing. A plate of small triangular slices graces our dinner table every night. Watermelon is a refreshing finish to any dinner to me. But I’ve not ever purchased ginger and although I bought turmeric spice I’ve not ever sampled it! They are both now on my ‘trial’ list; to use in recipes and find unique ways of incorporation into a daily diet. Once that goal is accomplished there are longer anti-inflammatory food lists to check.
That’s what appealing about the Boesch listicle; its short and mostly sweet!
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