Tart Cherries Offer Sweet Benefits

Tart cherries might have the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food

Oregon Health and Science University recently presented research at the American College of Sport Medicine Conference, showing evidence that tart cherries might have the "highest anti-inflammatory content of any food."

Twenty women, ages 40 to 70 with inflammatory osteroathritis, consumed tart cherriy juice two times a day for three weeks. This led to marked decreases in inflammation properties associated with the disease, especially in women with the highest recorded marks. Ostearthritis is the cause of breakdown in cartilage with excessive use, which results in pain, according to the Arthritis Foundation.

This could be a natural way to help relieve the joint pain that burdens millions of Americans, without the side effects of medicines. Kerry Kuehl, M.D, Dr.PH., M.S., Oregon Health and Science University, said, "I'm intrigued by the potential for a real food to offer such a powerful anti-inflammatory benefit — especially for active adults."

With a surplus of possible benefits and no side effects, consuming tart cherries to help with joint pain can be a cheap, possibly effective way to help relieve joint pain.  


Three sweet treats with health benefits that match their delicious tastes. 

Cherry Pops Recipe

Switch out the regular cherries for tart, to make a sweet frozen treat for the summer. 







Baked Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Cherries Recipe

A healthy dish that can be made with tart cherries and offers an abundance of health benefits. 







Cherry Berry Jam

This jam has multiple fruits, which can only mean more health benefits with a sweet taste.