Chemicals Found In Cherries May Help Fight Diabetes15 years, 6 months ago
Posted on Dec 22, 2004, 11 a.m.
By Bill Freeman
Perhaps George Washington wouldn't have chopped down his father's cherry tree if he knew what chemists now know. They have identified a group of naturally occurring chemicals abundant in cherries that could help lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. In early laboratory studies using animal pancreatic cells, the chemicals, called anthocyanins, increased insulin production by 50 percent.