Cherries for the Heart

More than a Sweet Treat

The tangy taste of tart cherries might deliver more than a treat for the taste buds. Preliminary work with laboratory rats at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center suggests that mixing whole tart cherry powder into the animals’ diet led to less weight gain and a reduction of inflammation. Researchers explain that inflammation is a common indicator of heart disease and diabetes. More, those on the cherry supplement also had significantly lower blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides than the control group.

“These new findings are encouraging, especially in the light of what is becoming known about the interplay between inflammation, blood lipids, obesity and body composition in cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” says Steven Bolling, a cardiac surgeon at the university and the laboratory’s director. A pilot study to determine the effects of tart cherries in human diet is underway.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Eating Apples and Tomatoes Repairs Lungs

Fresh tomatoes and fruit, especially apples, help heal damaged lungs of ex-smokers and can slow the natural decline of lung function that typically occurs after age 30.

Gooseberries are Good for the Gut

Malaysian subjects with gastrointestinal problems had less pain, vomiting and sleep loss when receiving an ayurvedic remedy known as Indian gooseberry.

Chocolate and Olive Oil Help Heart Health

Italians eating dark chocolate combined with olive oil had lower cholesterol and blood pressure in just 28 days.

Lutein in Greens and Eggs Slows Cognitive Aging

In a University of Illinois study, adults that ate large amounts of leafy greens, avocados and eggs had levels of lutein, a brain and eye nutrient, on par with younger people.

Tree Nuts Cut Colon Cancer Relapse

Two or more ounces of tree nuts a week sharply reduced cancer recurrence and premature death risk in patients with Stage III colon cancer.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags