U.S. Grown Montmorency
Tart Cherry Health Benefits
The many forms of U.S.-grown Montmorency Tart Cherries
pack a serious punch when it comes to health benefits.
ARTHRITIS AND GOUT
Studies have explored Montmorency tart cherry consumption on gout attacks and arthritis symptoms.
A preliminary investigation of 12 patients with arthritis and gout found that daily consumption of a half-pound of various water-packed canned cherries helped to relieve self-reported gout attacks and the symptoms associated with arthritis.
Melatonin-containing Montmorency tart cherries have been the focus of multiple sleep studies.
In a pilot study of 15 men and women (ages 65 and older) with chronic insomnia, tart cherry consumption resulted in significant improvements in the Insomnia Severity Index and a 62-minute improvement in waking after sleep onset. 21 The participants drank two 8-ounce servings of Montmorency tart cherry juice a day for 2 weeks. Compared to the placebo drink, the tart cherry juice was associated with significant improvements on all self-reported sleep variables.”
Researchers at Texas A&M tested the beneficial effects of powdered Montmorency tart cherries in athletes participating in both strength and endurance events.
In the first study with 23 healthy, resistance-trained men, the participants who consumed one capsule a day (480 mg) of the powdered tart cherries for 10 days reported less quadriceps soreness and strength loss after performing back squat exercises. The second study used the same methodology but in 27 aerobically trained male and female runners or triathletes.
Compared to the placebo group, the group that was supplemented with tart cherries experienced lower markers of muscle damage and inflammation after a half-marathon run.
Montmorency tart cherry research has examined blood pressure and blood lipids. Studies on cardiovascular health are still emerging, with preliminary studies exploring tart cherries and their effect on blood pressure and blood lipids. A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover study of 15 men with early hypertension found that the participants who consumed tart cherry juice concentrate (60 mL, or the equivalent of 180 tart cherries) experienced a reduction in systolic blood pressure, but not microvascular reactivity or arterial stiffness.
HEALTH BENEFIT RESEARCH
Cherry Marketing Institute (CMI) has worked with 30+ universities all over the world to unlock the extraordinary health benefits and validate the health advantages of U.S. Montmorency tart cherries. More than 110 studies have been published outlining various health benefits of U.S. Montmorency tart cherries, and the research is continuing. The CMI portfolio includes the following published studies: Anthocyanins (19), Antioxidants (13), Gout (8), Heart Health (13), Inflammation (11), Obesity (4), Muscle Recovery (27), Sleep (7) and other (11). This research has significant value to the cherry industry. The U.S. cherry industry remains dedicated to investing in health benefit-related research.