Tart cherries are not just for making pie nowadays says a recent study. Researchers moantioxidant-fruits.comtored several groups of lab rats that were predisposed with insulin resistance and high cholesterol over a 90-day period. Those animals whose diet included powdered tart cherries had lower blood sugar, lower total cholesterol, lower oxidative stress, less fat storage in the liver, and an increased in the production of a component that assists the body with handling sugar and fat, as compared to animals whose diet were similar, but cherry-free.
All of the measures were recorded as reduced in the cherry-eating group and are connected to metabolic syndrome, which is a group of predispositions to increased risk of developing diseases like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and elevated blood pressure. Many Americans are suffering from metabolic syndrome without their knowledge, as many as tens of millions.
This and other studies suggest that positive effects, such as reductions in cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors, are correlated with the intake of high concentrations of antioxidant compounds called anthocyanins that are found in tart cherries. Cherries also lower the fat storage in the liver in lab animals, so it’s a good indication that cherries are good for your liver too.
When it comes to health benefits, tart cherry is best. Sweet cherries contain similar nutrients and antioxidants, just in somewhat lower amounts. Make them a part of your healthy diet with some great cherry recipes. For a nutritious breakfast, mix cherries with quinoa, a protein-rich whole grain, walnuts and honey.