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Put a Cherry on Top

In one study, Nair and other researchers found that cherry extract was 10 times more effective at reducing inflammation than aspirin. “Cherries contain compounds called anthocyanins that give them their red color, and that also help to block the action of certain enzymes that can lead to inflammation in the body,” Nair says. But don’t consume beets and cherries at the same meal, he cautions. Beets contain chemicals that can nullify that action of the anthocyanins in cherries. And if you have type 2 diabetes, check with your doctor before adding cherries to your diet, since the fruit is also high in sugar.

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