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The health benefits of cherries and potential applications in McHugh M. - last modified 2013-07-29 09:55
Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2011 Oct;21(5):615-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2011.01390.x.


When Hippocrates stated, ‘‘Let food be thy medicine

and medicine be thy food,’’ he probably was

not referring specifically to cherries. Nevertheless,

there is a long tradition of anecdotal claims of

health benefits associated with eating cherries. Until

recently there has been minimal scientific evidence

to support such claims. However, in the last 12 years

there have been several studies that indirectly substantiate

some of the traditional health claims. In

the food science literature numerous studies have

identified a range of different phenolic compounds

in cherries that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory

actions (for review see McCune et al., 2011).