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Cherries Found To Have Heart-Protecting Properties

April 26, 2011 by  

Cherries found to have heart-protecting propertiesThree different studies examined the health benefits of cherries, and all came out with results which indicate that the fruits may be one of the best food choices when it comes to preventing diseases.

The University of Michigan, University of Arizona and Brunswick Laboratories all presented their findings on cherries at the Experimental Biology annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

One study found that drinking eight ounces of tart cherry juice had the ability to reduce inflammation in overweight or obese participants in just one month.

Another tested the antioxidant power of cherries in a powdered form. Researchers discovered that levels of inflammatory C reactive protein were reduced by up to 36 percent and cholesterol was decreased by 26 percent over a five-month period. These effects could help to reduce risks of atherosclerosis. Mice in this study were also able to avoid early death by 65 percent when they consumed the cherry powder.

The researchers noted that one cup of freeze-dried tart cherries has a wide array of antioxidants and phytochemicals that are likely to have caused the boost in health in study subjects.  

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  • Eddie47d

    My mother always use to say that and I do love cherries. We did have a tree in our yard which I mostly climbed as a kid. Although I have eaten lots of cherries and drank cherry juice for awhile yet I still didn’t see any difference in health. At least not anymore than other fruits and vegetables. I don’t believe it is a cure all but as a compliment in eating well.

  • Richard Pawley

    With the exception of painful migraines caused by eating aged cheese and chocolate in the same day, I don’t get many headaches. Only time will cure that, 24 hours, so I’m very careful which days are cheese days and which are chocolate (both are favorites). When I do get what might be called an ordinary headache I reach for 6 Tart Cherry Extract capsules which almost always takes care of it. On the even rarer occasions it does not I have found, years ago, that only a combination of aspirin, acetaminophen, and caffeine will do the trick. Knowing that all medicines have side effects I try to avoid these but keep them just in case. By law the growers of tart cherries are not allowed to tell people about this but I don’t grow them. I just use them. I pay 10.95 for 120 capsules, enough for 20 headaches, from http://www.vitacost.com in Florida.

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  • crystal

    Do you drink it everyday?

  • Jay Gumps

    I like to drink cheribundi tart cherry juice everyday (www.cheribundi.com). I have had back issues in the past but when I drink 8 ounces a day my back problems seem to stay away. Not only that it tastes like cherry pie!

  • OPAGENEFLYGUY

    Cherries have a tremendous value in reducing Gout in my toes. I have had it three times in 15 years and each time I go on to cherry juice, frozen, fresh ripe and dried cherries and within 3 to 5 days the symptoms are gone. From here on out I will change from my normal apple juice daily, to cherry juice!

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