Tart cherry helps lower blood sugar

Researchers in a lab study fed obese rats a high-fat (47 percent), moderate carbohydrate, pro-inflammatory Western-type diet, enriched with anti-inflammatory tart cherry. After 90 days, levels of blood sugar, triglycerides, cholesterol and several signs of inflammation all were much lower. Body weight, total fat mass and abdominal fat were also lower, while lean body mass increased. “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, Ph.D., 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.”

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