April 27, 2010
Cherries Reduce Inflammation In Obese Rats

While some rats might want to opt for the health promoting benefits of grape in rat chow another study finds that the overweight rat should give serious consideration to cherry in the diet. Anthocyanins in cherries are suspected by the scientists as the causative agents for the measured benefits.

ANAHEIM, CA, April 27, 2010 There's more evidence of tart cherries' powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, according to a new study presented by a team of Michigan researchers today at the Experimental Biology annual meeting. Using a "whole food" approach, researchers found that a cherry-enriched diet not only reduced overall body inflammation, but also reduced inflammation at key sites (belly fat, heart) known to affect heart disease risk in obese, at-risk rats.

At-risk obese rats were fed a cherry-enriched "Western Diet," characterized by high fat and moderate carbohydrate in line with the typical American diet for 90 days. Cherry-enriched diets, which consisted of whole tart cherry powder as 1 percent of the diet, reduced risk factors for heart disease including cholesterol, body weight, fat mass and known markers of inflammation. While inflammation is a normal process the body uses to fight off infection or injury, according to recent science, a chronic state of inflammation increases the risk for diseases.

"Chronic inflammation is a whole body condition that can affect overall health, especially when it comes to the heart," said study co-author Mitch Seymour, PhD, at the University of Michigan. "This study offers further promise that foods rich in antioxidants, such as cherries, could potentially reduce inflammation and have the potential to lower disease risk."

Rats have very short lives compared to humans. I'm sure many rats will be excited by this result.

Even humans appear to derive a similar benefit from drinking tart cherry juice.

A second pilot study found similar results in humans. Ten overweight or obese adults drank eight ounces of tart cherry juice daily for four weeks. At the end of the trial, there were significant reductions in several markers of inflammation, in addition to lower levels of triglycerides, another key risk factors for heart disease.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2010 April 27 11:05 PM  Aging Diet Metabolism

Cherry Pie said at April 29, 2010 12:02 PM:

Part you did not print: "The study was funded by the Cherry Marketing Institute..."

Would they have released the results it if the study was negative?

Rand Simberg said at April 29, 2010 12:39 PM:

How does it compare to pomegranate?

KenB said at April 29, 2010 3:58 PM:

Who funded the study is irrelevant to whether it is sound. And they doubtless would not have released it had no benefits been found. But again, how does that undercut the value of the benefits that were found?

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