Cherries - The Supercharged Fruit
by: Tony Anderson  
The little red fruit that has been enjoyed by countless millions offers more than great

Are cherries truly fruit for a healthy you? Recent studies have revealed that cherries
offer an assortment of health benefits including the ability to offer natural relief from
joint pain caused from gout, arthritis and joint inflammation.

So what makes the tasty red fruit so beneficial? The wonder of the cherry is the
anthocyanins. According to research from Michigan State University tart cherries contain
anthocyanins and bioflavonoids, which inhibit the enzymes Cyclooxygenase-1 and -2,
and prevent inflammation in the body. These compounds have similar activity as aspirin,
naproxen and ibuprofen. Further investigations revealed that daily consumption of tart
cherries has the potential to reduce the pain associated with joint inflammation. Many
consumers are choosing to drink cherry juice, eat cherries or consume tart cherry pills to
starve off the pain of gout, arthritis and joint inflammation.

Linda L. Patterson is a living testimony of the soothing affects of cherries on her joint
pain. “I enjoy crocheting and lately my hands have been so painful, I couldn’t crochet
for more than about 30 minutes.”, says Patterson. In an attempt to find relief from her
pain, she located Fruit Advantage Tart Cherry capsules, a supplement made from red
tart cherries. “Within the first week of taking the tart cherry capsules my hands felt so
much better.”, says Ms. Patterson. “I am now able to crochet without the pain in my

In addition to the health benefits offered by cherries, many people are just eating the
fruit for the taste. John Simms, a life-long resident of Indianapolis, Indiana, eats cherries
for the convenience and taste. “As a short-haul truck driver, my diet isn’t the best, I
would eat fast food every day. A year ago, my wife bought some dried cherries and I
began eating them to keep my weight down. Now I eat a handful of cherries instead of
eating fast food.”

Not only are cherries a great way to maintain a healthy body they are a natural product.
According to Andrew LaPointe, Director of Marketing for Traverse Bay Farms,
“many of our customers are looking to eat healthier and fruit
products fit this trend. It’s certainly better than fast food.” Traverse Bay Farms sells
Fruit Advantage Tart Cherry capsules and cherry juice concentrate.

About The Author

Tony Anderson is a freelance writer.
This article was posted on November 20, 2004

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