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Cherry For Diabetes - Type 1 And Type 2

An apple a day can keep the doctor away, but recent research suggests that a cherry a day can keep diabetes away. According to the American Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry there is a deep relationship between cherry fruit and diabetes. Both the sweet as well as the tart version of the fruit contain insulin boosting chemicals, which can control blood sugar and lower blood glucose levels quickly.

So how are cherry fruit and diabetes related? Active chemicals, also known as anthocyanins, are usually most well-known for their antioxidant properties and their ability to reduce the risk of developing heart disease. However, these are pigmented chemicals found in cherries are also the reason why tart cherries and diabetes are interconnected.

In other fruits, they help lend color as well as flavor. Anthocyanins are a component of most berries, and lend their therapeutic properties to the entire group of fruits.
Due to their therapeutic effects on so many different diseases and disorders, they have generated quite an interest. In a Michigan State University sponsored research, anthocyanins have been found to enhance insulin production by almost 50% in the pancreatic cells. Since the research was performed by isolating the most active anthocyanin compounds from the cherries, and the bioavailability of the chemical would not be same when consumed naturally, the actual effect of cherries would be slightly less than what was discovered in the research.

Despite these promising results, cherries or anthocyanins have not yet been included in the treatment for the condition. However, doctors and dietitians recommend fresh cherries for diabetics to help them control their blood sugar levels. Dietitians allow about 75 to 100 grams of cherry in diabetic’s diet. Since anthocyanins are not toxic to the human body, and since cherries are known to have many other healthy benefits, you can add as much of them in your diet as you want.

Cherry Juice And Diabetes

Scientists have long tried to understand the relationship between cherry juice and diabetes. Cherry has been previously known to be beneficial for several other conditions such as:
  • Gout
  • Arthritis
  • Internal inflammation
  • Muscle pain
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Back pain

Dieticians also specially recommend black cherry juice for diabetics. According to some of the leading researchers in the field, black cherries are rich in vitamin C, potassium, and other active compounds such as quercetin, anthocyanins, carotenoids, melatonin and hydroxycinnamates. All of these active compounds help boost health and protect the body against diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and cancer. They also help in prevention of inflammatory diseases within the body. However, cherry juice concentrate can be toxic if consumed in large quantities. Therefore, ensure that you only consume small quantities of the juice. Consuming whole cherries is better than consuming only small quantities of concentrated juice, as whole cherries contain many other benefits for the body. If you are already consuming medications, always take the advice of your doctor before consuming cherry juice. More on health benefits of cherry juice

Type 2 Diabetes:

Since cherries contain various compounds that can help contain internal inflammation, they can be used for the treatment of all kinds of diseases and disorders related to internal inflammation. Type-2 diabetes is often associated with internal inflammation and inflammatory conditions; hence, the ability of cherries to decrease internal inflammation can also help in lowering the risk of type-2 diabetes as well as cardiovascular disease.

Tart cherries and black cherries are also known to help fight stubborn stomach fat, therefore helping you maintain a healthy weight that is optimum for keeping lifestyle diseases such as diabetes at bay. Cherry enriched diets, which contain powdered extracts from tart cherries, can also be used for improving the nutritional quality of cherries of food. Consuming cherries on a regular basis can promote the production of insulin, therefore reversing type-2 diabetes and maintaining a healthy glucose level in the blood and keeping the body healthy.

Type 1 Diabetes:

Type-1 diabetes is caused when the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed due to autoimmune disorders. The disorder may occur at any stage in life and is often also genetic in nature. There is not much research to show any benefits of cherries for type-1 diabetes. However, there is speculation that cherries may be helpful in prevention of the disorder by controlling the body’s propensity to experience autoimmune disorders. Since cherries are rich in antioxidants and also contain large amounts of chemicals and compounds that can help in controlling oxygen radicals as well as other disease causing pathogens, they may be of some use in preventing, or in some cases, even reversing of type-1 diabetes. Still, there is no empirical data or evidence to support these speculations.

Cherry Desserts Recipe For Diabetic:

Here is a cherry desserts recipe for diabetic people.


  • 16 oz cherries, canned or blanched and pitted
  • 1/2 cup self-rising wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup 1% milk or skimmed milk
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar or 2 teaspoon artificial sweetener


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mix the flour, milk, and sugar together to a thick consistency.
  • Pit the cherries and place them in a greased square pan.      
  • Pour the batter over the cherries.
  • Bake for 45 minutes.
  • Serve warm.

Cherry Cheesecake Recipe For Diabetic:

Here is a sugar-free cherry cheesecake recipe for diabetic people.


  • 2/3 cup fresh and creamy cottage cheese
  • 2 tsp artificial sweetener
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 tsp essence of vanilla    
  • 2 eggs with yolk separated                        
  • 1/4 cup skimmed milk
  • 1/3 cup milk powder
  • Pitted sweet cherries for topping
  • Whipped cream (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a bowl, mix together the cottage cheese, lemon rind, sweetener, vanilla essence, egg yolks, milk powder, and skimmed milk.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together egg whites and beat them till it forms stiff peaks. Gently fold in the cheese mixture.
  • Pour the batter in a greased pan and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Add the pitted cherries on top of the cheesecake.
  • You can serve this with whipped cream.
Submitted on January 16, 2014