Tart Cherries Have Hidden Health Benefits

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

Tart cherries have been proven by researchers at Michigan State University to have anti-inflammatory properties ten times stronger than aspirin and five times stronger than ibuprofen. And this goes for all forms of tart cherries whether fresh, dried, in concentrated juice, or as capsules.

Researchers also say cherries are a good source of antioxidants, which have been proven in previous studies to reduce the risk of cancer.

Other pharmacists and consumers believe tart cherries also have high levels of melatonin. That's the chemical that helps you sleep at night.

Fresh cherries are in season in Michigan until the end of August.

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