Tart Cherry, Prunus cerasus, is a species of cherry native to North America, Europe, and Southwest Asia. Due to its high levels of anthocyanins and other polyphenols, tart cherry has gained attention from the science, health, and fitness communities with promising research highlighting its health benefits. While several varieties of cherries exist including Balaton, Montmorency, Maraschino, and others, it is the Montmorency tart cherry variety on which most of the research has been conducted. As far back as 2,000 years ago, the Greek doctor, Dioskurides, used tart cherries to promote gastrointestinal health. Other historical uses included treating skin diseases, as an appetite stimulant, and for the prevention of kidney stone formation. In recent years, tart cherry has gained strong scientific support due to evidence of its efficacy in promoting a healthy inflammation response. Tart cherry’s anti-inflammatory properties have also been researched in relation to gout, osteoarthritis, and post-exercise muscle damage. Tart cherries are especially hailed for their ability to aid in athletic recovery by combatting pain, weakness, and inflammation following strenuous exercise.
- Unique anthocyanin profile containing cyanidin-3-glucosylrutinoside, cyanidin-3-rutinoside, cyanidin-3-glucoside, cyanidin-3-sophoroside, and delphinidin-3-rutinoside
- High levels of hydroxycinnamic acids and other phenolic acids
Tart Cherry Benefits
- Reduces post-exercise symptoms of muscle damage, including loss of strength, pain, and inflammation
- Supports a healthy inflammation response associated with conditions like osteoarthritis and gout
- High levels of anthocyanins and other polyphenolic compounds
- High nutrient density, including high levels of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber