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What Are the Benefits of Cherry Fruit Extract?

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Bryan Davies has written professionally since 2001. His published work includes being principal author of "World of Sport Science," two chapters in the award-winning text "Infectious Diseases: In Context," articles in "The Civil War Armchair Reader," as well as commentary in "Sport and Life" and "Wonderwords Salon." Davies holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario.
What Are the Benefits of Cherry Fruit Extract?
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As the name suggests, cherry fruit extract is the liquid or powdered solution that contains the nutritious cherry components in concentrated form. The small, richly red-colored fruit is a popular raw food option that combines appealing flavor and texture with significant health benefits for consumers. Low in calories and a source of vitamin C, cherries also contain a variety of phytochemicals, naturally occurring chemical compounds that contribute to overall human health. Recent animal studies and related research suggest that phytochemicals in cherries possess significant anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties.

Cherry Fruit Extract

What Are the Benefits of Cherry Fruit Extract?
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A single cherry fruit extract capsule usually contains 1000 mg of the extract, the daily dosage typically recommended by commercial extract manufacturers. This extract contains the nutrients that are the equivalent of drinking 16 ounces of cherry juice or eating 2 cups of the natural fruit. Cherry fruit extract can be manufactured from either tart or sweet cherry varieties. The extract can be consumed in pill form or as a liquid or powder that can be added to other foods in the preparation process.

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What Are the Benefits of Cherry Fruit Extract?
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The most common use of cherry fruit extract is as a pain reliever for persons afflicted with gout. It is believed that the extract helps relieve gout symptoms in two ways. The flavonoids in the extract are suggested as contributors to lower bloodstream uric acid levels that cause gout to occur in the joints, particularly toes and fingers. Research suggests that the cherry fruit extract flavonoid anthocyanin blocks inflammation-causing enzymes at an injury site triggered by the accumulation of uric acid crystals.

Phytochemicals

Like red fruits such as raspberries and cranberries, cherries contain flavonoids, the phytochemicals that give fruits their color. The anti-carcinogenic properties associated with flavonoids are due to their ability prevent bloodstream oxidation of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL. LDL is “bad” cholesterol that, if left unchecked, is a cause of atherosclerosis, a dangerous medical condition created when LDL forms plaque that clogs arteries and reduces blood flow. Atherosclerosis raises the risk of stroke and related circulatory system problems. Flavonoids promote healthy arteries and lower LDL levels in the bloodstream. A notable cherry flavonoid is amygdalin, sometimes called vitamin B17, a phenolic acid that has attracted scientific attention as a cancer remedy.

Vitamins / Trace Minerals

What Are the Benefits of Cherry Fruit Extract?
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Cherry fruit extract provides a range of other essential nutrients. The extract is a useful source of Vitamin C. It also contains small amounts of Vitamin A, iron, calcium and boron, a trace element essential to optimal bone health.

Risks

Based on current available research, cherry fruit extract is believed to be safe to use in combination with any other medication or in combination with any food. Neither the extract nor cherry fruit is known to cause side effects or other adverse reactions if the recommended daily dosages are observed.

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