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The Science Behind U.S. Montmorency Tart Cherries

U.S Montmorency tart cherries are packed with health benefits and have earned a front running position in the Superfruit area. Few fruits fall into this category and emerging science shows U.S. Montmorency tart cherries are among them. The unique health benefits of Montmorency tart cherries first came to light in the 1990's, when numerous studies were published describing the antioxidant content of Montmorency tart cherries, there are now more than 110 studies specifically on U.S. Montmorency tart cherries and scientist continue to uncover new benefits. To date, no other fruit or vegetable has been found to have the anti-inflammatory properties of U.S. Montmorency tart cherries. 

Health benefits of U.S. Montmorency tart cherries

Powerful Antioxidants

U.S. Montmorency tart cherries contain powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins - which provide their distinctive red color. Scientific studies suggest that these disease-fighting pigments possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and anti-carcinogenic properties. Research found that U.S. Montmorency tart cherries contain the highest concentrations of anthocyanin's 1 and 2 which help block enzymes associated with inflammation. A number of studies have specially linked U.S. Montmorency tart cherry consumption to decrease inflammation-related conditions. 

Gout and Arthritis

For decades, people with arthritis and gout have consumed U.S. Montmorency tart cherry juice for relief of symptoms. Excess uric acid in the blood is the culprit behind the excruciating pain of a gout attack. In a study, participants that drank 8-ounces of 100% U.S. Montmorency tart cherry juice daily for four weeks experienced lower levels of uric acid in their blood, which is a biomarker for inflammation. 


U.S. Montmorency tart cherries are one of the new known food sources that contain significant amounts of melatonin, a powerful antioxidant that is considered more potent that vitamins C, E and A. Melatonin helps regulate our natural sleep patterns. Whether it stems from unbalanced hormones, excess stress, a busy mind or unhealthy habits, U.S. Montmorency tart cherry juice can provide improved sleep time and sleep efficiency. Researchers believe the combination of melatonin and the anthocyanins in tart cherries might help you sleep better at night. Drink two 8-ounces servings of U.S. Montmorency tart juice daily. Enjoy a glass in the morning with breakfast and incorporate another one hour before going to bed. Or enjoy a handful of dried tart cherries as a bedtime snack to help you sleep better at night. 

Cardiovascular and Heart Health

U.S. Montmorency tart cherry consumption has been linked to a number of benefits including improved cardiovascular health. researchers believe U.S. Montmorency tart cherries may provide cardiovascular benefits due to the intensity of anthocyanins inside this ruby-red fruit. Studies indicate that U.S. Montmorency tart cherries may help lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, reduce inflammation and reduce belly fat- all factors specifically linked to heart disease risk. 

Exercise Recovery and Pain Relief

Athletes are continually looking for ways to improve their performance. Speeding the recovery process is important to help get them back in the game. The pain associated with exercise involves muscle damage, inflammation and oxidative stress. U.S. Montmorency tart cherries can help with all three due to the concentrated amounts of anthocyanins. Keeping up with your exercise regime, elite athletes and weekend warriors all over the world are consuming and recommending U.S. Montmorency tart cherries to help speed the recovery process and enhance performance. 

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. 

For more information on U.S. tart cherry research visit -

University of Exeter
University of Michigan Medical School
University of Louisville
University of Central Lancashire
Sheffield Hallam University
Louisiana State University
Universite Lavel
Northumbria University
Texas Woman's University
Michigan State University
University of Arkansas
Oklahoma State University
Marshall University
Ohio University
University of Delaware
Columbia University
Penn State
Florida State University
Journal of the International society of nutrition
University of Texas San Antonio
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center
The University of Vermont
Tufts University
Oregon Health & Science University
The University of California
Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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