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Tart cherry, circulation, and metabolism

Tart cherry contains powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory anthocyanins and polyphenols, as well as fiber.

In this study, 11 men and women, average age 49, with three of five factors in metabolic syndrome—including large waist size, high triglycerides, low levels of HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high fasting blood sugar levels—took a placebo or tart cherry juice concentrate or capsules equal to 90 to 110 whole tart cherries.

In three sessions separated by two weeks each, participants fasted for 10 hours the night before taking one of the three treatments at 7:00 a.m. the following morning. Compared to the placebo phases, two hours after taking either form of tart cherry, participants saw significantly lower insulin and systolic blood pressure levels.

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