Tart cherries are abundant in anthocyanins – a natural compound that contributes to the ruby-red color and distinctive sour-sweet taste. This phytonutrient, a type of flavonoid, is also behind the potential health-promoting properties of tart cherries.
The compounds found in cherries modulate numerous pathways to protect against other conditions associated with inflammation—including cancer, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease. For example, tart cherry constituents can switch critical genes off and on, modulate cell-signaling molecules like tumor necrosis factor, and target multiple cardiovascular factors—producing, in one study model, an astounding 65% reduction in early mortality
Gout Management and Osteoarthritis Relief
A substantial and growing body of scientific research has linked tart cherries to anti-inflammatory benefits, reduced pain from gout and arthritis and an extensive list of heart health benefits.
Recent studies even suggest tart cherries can help reduce post-exercise muscle and joint pain.
Available dried, frozen and in juice and concentrate, tart cherries contain a unique package of antioxidants and beneficial phytonutrients, including anthocyanins — the pigments that give cherries their bright red color.