cherries for antioxidant, inflammation, arthritis, insomnia, exercise, blood pressure, diabetes

One of the foods we have taken a special interest in at The Natural Path is the cherry. But it turns out it’s not so simple. It’s better!

There has been a surprising amount of recent research on cherries. This little discussed health food is great for people with gout, insomnia and high blood pressure. It’s great for exercise and for free radical damage.

Though not all of that research was on Montmorency tart cherries, a lot of it was. Now a new review has found that the more common sweet cherries are really good for you too. This review included studies of both kinds of cherries: tart and sweet. It found a surprising twenty-nine human studies. Twenty of them were on tart cherries, seven were on sweet cherries and two didn’t say. Two thirds of them were randomized, placebo-controlled studies. The studies used several forms of cherry, including cherry juice, powder, concentrate and capsules.

•Eight out of ten studies found that cherries act as antioxidants that reduce free radical damage.

•Eleven out of sixteen found that they improve inflammation.

•Eight out of nine studies found that cherries help athletes and people who work out by decreasing exercise-induced muscle soreness and loss of strength.

•Five out of seven confirmed cherries blood pressure lowering power

•Every one of five studies conducted on arthritis found that cherries help

•Every one of four studies on sleep found that cherries help

•The research also showed that cherries benefit diabetes: they lower HbA1c, the most important long term marker of long term diabetes and blood sugar control, the heart harmful VLDL cholesterol and the ratio of triglycerides to healthy HDL cholesterol in diabetic women

•Cherries also lower VLDL cholesterol and the ratio of triglycerides to healthy HDL cholesterol in obese people.

Cherries are rich in fiber, polyphenols, carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium, tryptophan and, surprisingly, serotonin and melatonin.

The authors of the review say that many of these studies have used the equivalent of 45-270 cherries a day. Most of them seem to give the equivalent of 45-120 or two glasses of juice.


Nutrients 2018;10(3):368


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