“Cherries are high in antioxidants and relatively low in calories, with one cup of sweet cherries yielding approximately 74 calories. Just in case you needed another reason to snack on this tiny red fruit, a study by researchers at the University of California of 18 healthy men and women, examined the relationship between cherry consumption and plasma lipids and inflammation markers in adults.
Subjects supplemented their diets with sweet Bing cherries for a total of 28 days. Blood samples were drawn before the start of the study, during the study and after the study on specified days. Once all the blood work was evaluated, researchers concluded that the “Results suggest a selective modulatory effect of sweet cherries on CRP, NO, and RANTES. Such anti-inflammatory effects may be beneficial for the management and prevention of inflammatory diseases.” This is great news for anyone suffering from chronic inflammatory diseases like arthritis or gout or anyone looking to combat the bumps and bruises from weekend warrior type activities or working out. Choose cherries and your body will thank you for it!”
Source: Kelley DS, et al. Consumption of Bing sweet cherries lowers circulating concentrations of inflammation markers in healthy men and women. J Nutr. 2006 Apr; 136 (4):981-6.