Tart Cherries & Heart Health Benefits
Studies on cardiovascular and heart health are still emerging, with preliminary studies exploring tart cherries and the effect on blood pressure and blood lipids.
Cardiovascular disease remains the No. 1 killer of both men and women in North America. Changes in diet and exercise can go a long way in helping to keep your heart healthy.
Researchers believe Montmorency tart cherries may provide a number of cardiovascular benefits due to the intensity of anthocyanins inside these ruby-red fruits. Studies indicate that tart cherries may help lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, reduce inflammation and improve belly fat – all factors specifically linked to heart disease risk.
Be sure to add ruby red Montmorency tart cherries to your healthy-heart diet.
A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover study of 15 men with early hypertension found that the participants who consumed tart cherry juice concentrate (60mL, or the equivalent of 180 tart cherries) experienced a reduction in systolic blood pressure, but not microvascular reactivity or arterial stiffness.View Study
“Montmorency tart cherry intake acutely reduces SBP in men with early hypertension. These benefits may be mechanistically linked to the actions of circulating phenolic acids.”
– American Society for Nutrition
A study of 27 men and women (ages 45-60 years) with moderately elevated blood pressure were randomly assigned to receive 60mL of Montmorency tart cherry juice concentrate or a placebo beverage.
Those consuming tart cherry juice experienced a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure over a 3-hour period after consumption. Cognitive function and mood were not affected.View Study
Look for ways to add Montmorency tart cherries to your heart-healthy eating plan. Start off the day with a glass of Montmorency tart cherry juice or top your steel-cut oats with dried Montmorency tart cherries and walnuts.
If you’re eating more omega 3-rich salmon, keep a bag of frozen Montmorency tart cherries in your freezer to make a cherry glaze to top the fish.
You can also try our fantastic range of delicious tart cherry recipes. Add a pop of colour, a nutrient punch and a hint of sweet-tart flavor to overnight oats, grain bowls, salads, side dishes, trail mixes and much more.View Recipes
Tart or sour cherries (Prunus cerasus) are an American fruit, grown primarily in seven U.S. states: Michigan, Utah, Wisconsin, Washington, Oregon, Pennsylvania and New York. The U.S. variety is called Montmorency.
While the name may come from a valley in France, Montmorency tart cherries are strictly grown in the U.S. So when you buy Montmorency tart cherries, you’re supporting American family farms, all the way from the UK.Learn More