Tart Cherry Improves Cardiovascular Risk Factors Associated with Metabolic Syndrome

The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of 12-weeks of tart cherry juice consumption on blood pressure, arterial stiffness, vascular function and the neural control of the cardiovascular system, as well as glycemic control, body composition, and overall cardiovascular health. Study participants will consume 480 ml tart cherry juice or cherry-flavored placebo drink daily for 12-weeks.



Tart cherry juice supplementation

Measurements of blood pressure control and cardiovascular function

Measurements of body composition (fat mass, fat free mass, bone mineral density)

$100 compensation after 12-week study completion



For more information please contact:

Sarah A. Johnson, PhD, RD, CSO

(850) 644-4889 or sba07@fsu.edu

Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences


Tart Cherry Important Information

Who can participate: 

Men and women aged 20 to 40 years with 3 of the following 5 characteristics:

  • Waist circumference greater than or equal to 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women
  • Serum triglycerides greater than or equal to 150 mg/dL
  • Serum HDL cholesterol levels lower than 40 mg/dL for men and 50 mg/dL for women
  • Blood pressure greater than 125/80 mmHg but lower than 160/100 mmHg
  • Fasting blood glucose level greater than or equal to 100 mg/dL