sour cherries

Photo: boule13/Thinkstock

3 of 4
Tart Cherries

These juicy jewels, with their trademark sour-sweet flavor, get their color from anthocyanins, potent anti-inflammatory compounds. Tart cherry juice has been shown in several studies to reduce postexercise muscle soreness and significantly decrease exercise-induced inflammation, lessening muscle damage and recovery time. And researchers have found that it can lower the amount of uric acid in the blood—by as much as 36 percent, which suggests it may soothe inflammatory conditions like gout and osteoarthritis.