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Tart Cherry Juice

Updated: Jun 12



Tart cherry juice is a supplement that you may want to consider.


Let's look at some of the research that has been done related to tart cherry Juice.



Tart Cherry Juice and Blood Pressure/LDL



Researchers examined the effects of tart cherry juice on lipid profiles, BP, glucose, insulin, and homeostatic model assessment-insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) in older adults. In this randomized-controlled clinical trial, 17 men and 20 women between the ages of 65-80 years were randomly assigned to consume 480 ml of tart cherry juice or a control drink daily for 12 weeks. Control beverages were matched for energy and sugar content. Outcome variables were assessed at baseline and after 12 weeks of tart cherry juice or control drink. Systolic BP and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) exhibited treatment × time interaction effects. At the end of the study, participants in the tart cherry group had:

  • lower levels of LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol, (difference of -20.6 with P

= 0.001) and

  • higher levels of glucose (difference of 7.94 with P = 0.001) - Diabetics use caution.

  • higher levels of triglycerides (difference of 6.66 with P = 0.01) and

  • higher levels of BMI (difference of 1.06 with P = 0.02) than in the control group.

Neither tart cherry juice nor control significantly altered body weight, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, diastolic BP, insulin and HOMA-IR.


The researchers concluded that tart cherry juice can lower the levels of systolic BP and LDL cholesterol. However, larger and longer follow-up studies are needed to further assess the cardio-protective effects of tart cherry juice.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29862410/





Tart Cherry Juice and Inflammation





The same researchers who performed the study above also evaluated the potential effect of tart cherry juice on inflammation. The study investigated the effects of tart cherry juice on blood biomarkers of inflammation and oxidative stress. In this randomized-controlled clinical trial, a total of 37 men and women between the ages of 65–80 were randomly assigned to consume 480 mL of tart cherry juice or a control drink daily for 12 weeks. Several blood biomarkers of inflammation and oxidative stress were assessed at baseline and after 12 weeks of intervention. After the 12 week's intervention, tart cherry juice:

  • significantly increased the plasma levels of DNA repair activity of 8-oxoguanine glycosylase (p < 0.0001) and

  • lowered (p = 0.03) the mean c-reactive protein (CRP) level compared to the control group.

  • There was a significant group effect observed for plasma CRP (p = 0.03) and malondialdehyde (MDA) (p = 0.03), and a borderline significant group effect observed for plasma oxidized low-density lipoprotein (OxLDL) (p = 0.07).

  • Group analysis showed that the plasma levels of CRP, MDA, and OxLDL decreased numerically by 25%, 3%, and 11%, respectively after 12 weeks of tart cherry juice consumption compared with corresponding baseline values.

The present study suggests that the ability of tart cherry juice to reduce systolic BP and LDL cholesterol, in part, may be due to its anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties. Larger and longer follow-up studies are needed to confirm these findings.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6413159/




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As you are investigating various options to help improve your health and well-being, be sure to consider tart cherry juice.






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