Can This Tasty Treat Fight Heart Disease?

Playing Drs. Rx: Fight Heart Disease with Cherries?

Grab a bowl of Bing sweet cherries and enjoy the many health benefits they provide! The Doctors share a new study in the Journal of Nutrition that found eating Bing sweet cherries could help prevent or reduce the severity of serious inflammatory diseases including heart disease, diabetes and even potentially arthritis. 

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The researchers had participants supplement their diets with 45 cherries daily for a month. All participants were healthy but had biomarkers associated with increased risk of inflammation. By the end of the study, the participants showed lower levels of those inflammation markers.

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Dermatologist expert Dr. Sonia Batra lists some other components of cherries: polyphenols, carotenoids, vitamin C, and their red color comes from anthocyanins, another great anti-inflammatory. Plastic surgeon expert Dr. Andrew Ordon adds they’re a great treat for kids!