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Current research is showing that tart cherries and apples can help fight inflammation. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, they can lower levels of CRP- a marker of inflammation that can spike during a rheumatoid arthritis flare. Don’t like eating apples? That’s ok! Studies have shown that people who eat applesauce and drink apple juice tended to have lower blood pressure and a smaller waistline than those who didn’t consume apples at all.

According to the National Arthritis Foundation, recent research studies have also shown that people who drink fruit and vegetable juices have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s. A study conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University found that people who drink fruit and vegetable juices at least 3 times/week reduce their risk by 76%. Those who drank fruit/vegetable juices at least 2 times/week saw their risk go down by 16%.

Moral of the story: don’t skip out on your fruits and vegetables! However, when looking for a new fruit juice to add to your diet, make sure to look for ones with no added sugar and if you can handle pulp in your juice, do it. Pulp gives you fiber which is an added benefit! 🙂

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