University of Saskatchewan Sour Cherries are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They have a low glycemic index and are also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Copper, Manganese, Melatonin, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C.
According to the 2013 U of S Cherry Constituent Levels, sour cherries contain very high levels of the potent antioxidant that help reduce inflammation and ease the pain of arthritis and gout. Anthocyanins, responsible for the dark color in the cherries, are known to help the body reduce heart disease and inflammation related to arthritis, gout, fibromyalgia, and exercise-related muscle pain. Medications used to treat the pain and stiffness of arthritis often have serious long-term side effects. Researchers are studying medication alternatives like tart cherry juice because of its high levels of anthocyanins.
Melatonin is a potent antioxidant produced by the pineal gland to help regulate biorhythm and natural sleep patterns. Tart cherries are one of the few known food sources of melatonin.
There are many studies done and underway in the USA that explain the virtues of traditional sour cherries. We are using some links to other sites and acknowledge but do not endorse the information contained on those sites as it may change outside our control.
- The Red Report - Cherry Marketing Institute
The Red Report, the Science behind the Tart Cherries A summary of the literature on the health benefits of tart cherries. The report was commissioned by the Cherry Marketing Institute (CMI), an organization funded by North American tart cherry processors and growers.
- Cherries - not just another berry
This site is sponsored by the Cherry Marketing Institute (CMI). It is packed with information about sour cherries from traditional growing areas.