- Tart cherries.
Tart cherries get their rich red color and many of their powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits from the flavonoid anthocyanin. Some investigators compare the effects to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).Studies have found tart cherries may relieve joint pain in people with osteoarthritis.
Strawberries are naturally low in sugar and have more vitamin C per serving than an orange. As with cherries, scientists suspect it’s anthocyanin, along with other phytochemicals, that gives strawberries their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits.
- Red Raspberries.
Like strawberries, these berries are among the highest in vitamin C and anthocyanin. Animal studies have shown extracts from the fruit reduce inflammation and osteoarthritis symptoms.
Avocados are rich in the carotenoid lutein. Unlike most fruits, avocados are a good source of vitamin E, a micronutrient with anti-inflammatory effects.
Watermelon is another fruit with anti-inflammatory action. It’s high in the carotenoid beta-cryptoxanthin, which can reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
Resveratrol is a potent anti-inflammatory. Studies show this bioactive compound acts on the same cellular targets as NSAIDs. Researchers are studying its potential for improving symptoms of osteoarthritis, as well as for other chronic diseases linked to aging.