Early-Stage Discoveries: Tart cherry reduced inflammation

Doctors are beginning to think of body fat, or adipose tissue, as an organ that releases cell-signaling proteins that can regulate appetite and blood sugar, or trigger inflammation. 

In the lab, rats ate a standard diet with or without tart cherry powder. After eight weeks, those on tart cherry had significantly less adipose tissue inflammation, including lower levels of inflammatory factors interleukin-6 and -1-beta, and tumor necrosis factor alpha.

These results suggest tart cherry may reduce systemic inflammation and metabolic syndrome.