March 2013

Cherries May Reduce Inflammation

A new study suggests that eating cherries may reduce inflammation.

Cherries have been found to contain extensive polyphenolic compounds that may have a number of beneficial biological activities, including antioxidant, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory properties. Bing cherries are one of the most popular cherries in the United States.

The recent study involved 18 men and women who ate 280 grams daily of bing cherries for 28 days. Researchers took blood samples before cherry and after cherry consumption. Laboratory tests measured 89 markers of inflammation.

Cherry supplementation changed the level of 9 markers of inflammation. In particular, levels of C-reactive protein, ferritin, epidermal growth factor and interleukins were decreased.

Cherry may benefit individuals with inflammatory conditions. Further research on this topic is needed before a firm conclusion can be made.

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  1. Kelley DS, Adkins Y, Reddy A. Sweet bing cherries lower circulating concentrations of markers for chronic inflammatory diseases in healthy humans. J Nutr. 2013 Mar;143(3):340-4. 
  2. Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine. 

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