Consider cherries a health
Cherries are good for your heart, can lower your cancer risk by 50%, relieve aches and pains, and
they can keep you beautiful! In addition to relieving the pain
of arthritis or gout, it has also been suggested that cherries
are also good for:
There is also evidence that
cherries are so powerful they may reduce the risk of cancer by
50%. "Preliminary research is showing they contain unique plant
chemicals that can prevent and treat many of today's worst
health problems," says University of Iowa biochemist Raymond Hohl, M.D., at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. "It appears
that cherries shut down the growth of cancer cells by depriving
them of the proteins they need to grow," explains Dr. Hohl.
Cherries are also beneficial in preventing heart disease.
Breakthrough News: Cherries Prevent Cancer!
In fact this summer fruit is so powerful, it
could lower your cancer risk by 50%... and your heart attack
risk by 30%. Here's how to start benefiting today...
Red grapes, apples, citrus fruits ... no doubt you've heard all
the great health claims about these fruits. But while scientist
have been hard at work studying their healing abilities, one
delicious seasonal treat has been quietly putting them all to
shame. The surprising new super fruit? Cherries.
"Preliminary research is showing they contain unique plant
chemicals that can prevent and treat many of today's worst
health problems." says University of Iowa biochemist Raymond
Hohl, M.D., at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
Sweet, juicy, delicious cherries are in season July through
August, and they can help you to safeguard against cancer.
Experts were surprised when they discovered that cherries are
packed with perillyl alcohol - a natural chemical that not only
flushes cancer causing substances out of the body, but also
helps stunt the growth of cancerous cells.
In fact, research suggests that perillyl alcohol is so powerful,
it could slash the incidence of all types of cancer as much as
50% - making it five times more effective that limonene the
proven cancer-fighter found in red grapefruit.
"It appears to shut down the growth of cancer cells by depriving
them of the proteins they need to grow," explains Dr. Hohl. "And
it works on every kind of cancer we've tested against."
KEEP YOUR HEART HEALTHY
Eat just 20 cherries and laboratory studies show you'll be
getting 6g. of cholesterol controlling fiber, plus a whopping
524 mg. of potassium - a mineral that doctors say can prevent,
and even treat, high blood pressure.
"Twenty cherries also provide 25mg. of anthocyanins, powerful
chemicals that protect artery walls from the damage that leads
to plaque buildup and heart disease," says food science and
human nutrition researcher Muraleedharan Nair, Ph.D.
In fact, the latest research shows that anthocyanins do a better
job of protecting arteries than even vitamins C and E. The
bottom line: "Eating 20 cherries daily could cut your risk of
heart attack by 30%," he says.
RELIEVE ACHES AND PAINS
But anthocyanins are more than just heart-protectors. Recent
studies show they're also anti-inflammatory pain relievers 10
times stronger than aspirin or ibuprofen! If you're plagued with
the chronic pain of arthritis, headaches, or even gout, pros say
a daily bowl of cherries could ease your aches without side
"They help shut down the enzymes that cause tissue inflammation
in the first place. So they can prevent, as well as treat, many
kinds of pain." says Nair.
BONUS: CHERRIES HELP KEEP YOU BEAUTIFUL!
The anthocyanins in cherries can also keep you from developing
varicose veins! Researchers say anthocyanins strengthen blood
vessel walls, and the stronger they are, the less likely you are
to develop varicose veins. Consider stirring them into yogurt,
blending frozen cherries into shakes and adding dried cherries
to cereals and muffin mixes.
Michigan State University has been researching the benefits of
cherries and they have found that the anthocyanins and
antioxidants in cherries are amazing. It may not be a cure for
arthritis but is certainly helps to relieve the pain.
Natural Painkillers And Strong Antioxidants Found
in Tart Cherries
The Chemicals that give tart cherries their red color may
relieve pain better than aspirin and may provide antioxidant
protection comparable to commercially available supplements like
vitamin E, according to a Michigan State University researchers.
The new findings "suggest that the consumption of cherries may
have the potential to reduce cardiovascular or chronic diseases
in humans (such as arthritis and gout)." write the scientists.
The research will be published in the January 28th web edition
of the peer-reviewed Journal of Natural Products, published by
the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific
society. It will appear in the journal's February print edition.
While cautioning that studies have not yet been conducted with
human subjects, lead author Muralee G. Nair, Ph.D., says their
laboratory assay results suggest that a person eating about 20
tart cherries could realize antioxidant or anti-inflammatory
benefits. That number of cherries contains 12-25 milligrams of
the active compounds, called anthocyanins, according to the
In the study, anthocyanins were found to prevent oxidative
damage, caused by oxygen or free radicals, about as well as
compounds in commercial antioxidants. They also inhibited
enzymes called cyclooxygenase-1 and -2, the targets of
anti-inflammatory drugs, at doses more than ten times lower than
aspirin. "It is as good as ibuprofen and some of the nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drugs," says Nair.
"Daily consumption of cherries has the potential to reduce pain
related to inflammation, arthritis and gout," added Nair. While
reiterating the need for human studies, he says a market may one
day exist for putting the anthocyanins in pill form:" Then people
can pop a pill instead of eating a whole bowl full of sour
cherries. That's pretty hard to do."
Date posted: 2/1/1999
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