A Benefit of Poppin’ Cherries!

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This video is going look at a cool, researched benefit of adding cherries to your diet.

What? What did YOU think this video was going to be about?

I came across a paper published in the journal Experimental Gerontology, which sought to evaluate the effect of consuming cherries on cortisol levels, 5-HIAA levels, and mood.

Twice-per-day for five days, researchers had 30 study participants, 10 of whom were aged between 20-30 years, another 10 were aged between 35-55 years, and 10 more were aged from 65-85, consume a cherry extract containing 1,580 mg of phenols, 2 mg of tryptophan, 27 nanograms of serotonin, and 16 nanograms of melatonin. This extract was equivalent to 18 cherries, or 36 cherries per day. Then, for an additional five days, the participants were given a placebo.

The researchers measured the participants’ cortisol and 5-HIAA acid levels, and they also analyzed their moods.

On days that subjects were provided the cherry extract, cortisol levels were reduced. The subjects also felt less nervous, fretful and tense. Furthermore, the subjects experienced an increase in serotonin levels. However, these results were most notable in the 35 to 85 age range. The 20 to 30 year olds did not experience as dramatic an effect from consuming the cherry extract.

Now, I am left to wonder why the researchers didn’t just use whole food cherries in this study. I assume that they wanted to ensure a precise intake of the specific components found in cherries. But, that is just my assumption.

This was a university study, and I couldn’t find any mention of funding by the extract’s manufacturer, but that doesn’t mean the study DIDN’T receive funding from Jerte Valley. I just couldn’t find the money trail myself.

Regardless, cherries are a healthful food containing dietary carbohydrates, fiber, as well as vitamins A and C, plus calcium and iron, and numerous compounds, such as anti-oxidative anthocyanins.

In fact, the extract used in the study contained 1,580 mg of the phenolic compounds found in cherries.

Ergo, regardless of whether or not Jerte Valley funded this study in some manner, it doesn’t negate the health benefits of cherry consumption. And, as I mentioned before, that study used the equivalent of 36 cherries per day.

36 cherries only contain 154 calories. So consuming them shouldn’t break your diet, unless, of course, you’re keto.

Keep in mind, as we age, our cortisol levels naturally increase.

And having higher cortisol levels can come with a myriad nasty side effects, such as weight gain, reduced healing ability, strength loss, fatigue, mood swings, high blood pressure, and more.

Not to mention reduced serum testosterone levels!

Which is no bueno for the primary demographic that watch this channel.

So, cherries are an amazing food to add to your diet to improve our overall health and quality of life. Especially as you age.

So, come on! Why not get to poppin’ some cherries?

Anyway, leave your thoughts and comments below.

REFERENCES

The consumption of a Jerte Valley cherry product in humans enhances mood, and increases 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid but reduces cortisol levels in urine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22583983

Inhibit cortisol with cherries https://ergo-log.com/inhibit-cortisol-with-cherries.html

Adrenal Aging and Its Implications on Stress Responsiveness in Humans https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fendo.2019.00054/full

High Cortisol Symptoms: What Do They Mean? https://www.healthline.com/health/high-cortisol-symptoms

Relationship Between Circulating Cortisol and Testosterone: Influence of Physical Exercise https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3880087/

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