~ Broad-Spectrum Health Properties of Tart Cherries

~ Broad-Spectrum Health Properties of Tart Cherries

Broad-Spectrum Health Properties of Tart Cherries

By Michael Downey

Scientists at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine concluded that tart cherries provide impressive anti-inflammatory activity in comparison to most other foods.1

The main ingredient responsible for their potency are antho-cyanins, a special class of flavonoids that provides tart cherries with their characteristic pigmentation and diverse health benefits.2

Every anthocyanin-rich food has its distinct set of antho-cyanins, flavanols, and other polyphenols.3 And for that reason, each of these foods helps protect against a unique set of—but not all—diseases.

Compared to bilberries, blueberries, and cranberries, tart cherries contain a very broad range of anthocyanins.4,5 As a result, they target a much wider spectrum of inflammation-induced diseases, including diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and more.6-9 In addition, tart cherry compounds have been shown to increase the activity of the body’s key antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase (SOD).10

In this article, you’ll learn how tart cherries block inflammatory factors in a range of degenerative diseases.6-9

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