AW promotion: Researchers believe U.S. Montmorency tart cherries may provide a number of cardiovascular benefits due to the intensity of anthocyanins inside these ruby-red fruits

Cardiovascular disease remains one of the largest causes of death in both men and women in the world. Changes in diet and exercise can go a long way in helping to keep your heart healthy.

A good place to start is eating more fruits and vegetables, especially deeply hued produce that’s packed with heart-healthy compounds. Typically, the darker the colour, the better.

A great source of this fruit is U.S. Montmorency tart cherries. Researchers believe U.S. Montmorency tart cherries may provide a number of cardiovascular benefits due to the intensity of anthocyanins inside these ruby-red fruits and studies indicate that U.S. Montmorency tart cherries may help lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, reduce inflammation and improve belly fat – all factors that are specifically linked to heart disease risk.

A look at the evidence:

What you can do:

  • Look for ways to add U.S. Montmorency tart cherries to your heart-healthy eating plan, such as the salmon with cherry chipotle pictured above.
  • Start off the day with a glass of U.S. Montmorency tart cherry juice or top your breakfast oats with dried U.S. Montmorency tart cherries and walnuts.
  • Add dried U.S. Montmorency tart cherries to your whole-grain dishes, and mix them into your fresh fruit salads.

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