Q. Ten months ago, I started having knee pain. I was given Tylenol, steroid shots, heat, cold, rest, and got no relief. I finally had knee surgery but that didn’t help either.

The pain and stiffness traveled to my other knee, and eventually to my lower back. My doctor diagnosed moderate arthritis and prescribed Lyrica to no avail. A week’s treatment with prednisone helped only while I took the pills.

Out of options, I finally tried tart cherry juice, which I read about in your column. Within a week, I had almost no pain. Thanks!

A. Prednisone eases inflammation but long-term use can lead to serious side effects. We’re delighted that tart cherry juice eased your discomfort. A recent review confirms that cherries have anti-inflammatory activity (Medicine and Sport Science, online, Oct. 15, 2012).

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  1. eve

    tart cherry juice – I am starting to get a stomachache from it after about taking it for one month – any suggestions?

  2. Loretta C

    I am 44 years old, 4 years ago I had Crohn’s Surgery 7 inches intestine removed and 4 inches from Colon. I also have Arthritis Degenerative Disk Disease. I had Knee Surgery 4 weeks ago and my pain is worse both knees, I will try the Cherry juice I am desperate for pain relief my pain meds dont work anymore. Any advice on what’s best for Crohn’s would be appreciated I refuse to take Prednisone. Thank you, desperate in Mo

  3. Reggie L.

    I get it at cub for 23 dollars. You take 2tablespoons a day. Good luck.

  4. JR

    How much cherry juice to you drink a day?

  5. JS

    I have had knee swelling and stiffness for three years in my left knee. I have been to several orthos and internalists with no luck getting a diagnosis. Within the last 6 months my right knee has been blown up like a water balloon. My wife had suggested to try eating cherries in case it was gout.
    I finally took her advice last week out of desperation and I am nothing short of amazed at the results. 100% of the swelling eliminated in my right knee and 95% swelling eliminated in the left. I feel like a miracle has occurred! I have been eating about 10 cherries a day for the last week that I get from my local grocery store. My results happened overnight and have been unchanged. I wish everyone reading this the same success.

  6. JDS

    I take 2-4 tablespoons of Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate before bed every day. It really works for me to prevent pain and stiffness in my hand, shoulder and knee.
    I turn 70 on January 1 and used to be in a lot of pain. My shoulder was so bad a few years ago that they even took a MRI that showed tears and calcium deposits. After doubling my Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate, the pain left and full range of motion came back in a week.
    I only went to one physical therapy session because the therapist said it was not needed.
    I get my supply directly from an orchard in Michigan, King Orchards, and order online.

  7. JMR

    Does anyone know whether Black Cherry (Dark Sweet) juice such as Lakewood brand’s Organic Fresh Pressed Pure Black Cherry juice have the same benefits as Tart Cherry juice?

  8. JH

    I have found drinking a couple of glasses of cherry juice does wonders in relief of knee and heel pain. I use ordinary grocery store (Ocean Spray) cherry juice with excellent results.

  9. michelle

    I got a bottle of Tart Cherry Juice at my health food store, and I’m using it for Osteoarthritis. I’ve already started using it twice a day, and I think its great. I put it in a glass of water, and it tastes fine. I’d definitely recommend this to others before they try take all those pain killers, that rot your gut, and basically all these drugs are doing is destroying your liver and other things in general.

  10. marilyn

    I take 1 oz. in the am and another 1 oz. one hr before bed. I swear by it. I buy it at Kroger or Meijers.

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