In a 2009 study that was published in the Journal of Medical Food, rats that received whole Montmorency tart cherry powder for 90 days, mixed into a high-fat diet, didn’t gain as much weight or build up as much body fat as rats that didn’t receive cherries. Tart cherry intake was associated with reduced concentration of fats in the blood, percentage fat mass and abdominal fat weight.
There is also evidence in animals that Montmorency tart cherries can help adjust your body’s metabolism and your ability to lose abdominal body fat. One study showed that anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid responsible for cherries’ red color, act against the development of obesity.
The rats’ blood showed much lower levels of inflammation, which has been linked to diseases like heart disease, diabetes and lower the risk of metabolic syndrome. By consuming tart cherry juice you reduce inflammation and lipids in the blood, which lead to heart conditions and weight gain.