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The Traverse Bay Region of Michigan stretches from Little Traverse Bay to south of the Grand Traverse Bay. Little Traverse Bay is home to two well-known towns of Northern Michigan: Harbor Springs and Petoskey. In addition, the towns of Charlevoix and Mackinac Island are within a short drive from the Litter Traverse Bay.
The Old Mission Peninsula splits the Grand Traverse Bay into to smaller bays. These are called West Bay and East Bay. The entire is 32 miles long and Traverse City is situated at the base of the bay. Traverse City is known the world over at the Cherry Capital of the World. This region of Northern Western Michigan grows approximately 50%-60% of all of the U.S. tart cherry crop.
In fact, recent research on the natural health benefits of the tart cherry has increased the interest in this tiny red fruit from a pie filling to a nutraceutical ingredient. Several products are now produced from the tart cherry including tart cherry juice, tart cherry juice concentrate, tart cherry capsules and tart cherry powder.
A brief overview of tart cherry harvesting techniques used by farmers in Northern Michigan to harvest tart cherries.
Here is a list of fruit farms (tart cherry, apple farms, peach farms, etc.) in Northern Michigan. This is not a complete list of all of the fruit farms in Northern Michigan. However, we will add to our directory continuously.
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New Flash: April 30, 2007
Tart Cherries may help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and more...
Initial research from the University of Michigan finds tart cherry powder made from whole tart cherries may help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and also fight cell oxidative stress (cell damage caused by free radicals).
Earlier studies show that tart cherries are packed with naturally occurring antioxidants to help maintain a healthy body. On April 30, 2007, the results of a study conducted by the University of Michigan were presented at the Experimental Biology 2007 meeting in Washington D.C..
During the study, whole tart cherry powder was fed to two test groups of rats. The tart cherry powder equated either to 1 percent or 10 percent of their diets for a 90 day period. Another study group received diets with no whole cherry powder.
The results showed that the cherry-enriched (tart cherry powder) diets had experienced additional health benefits when compared to the none cherry-enriched diets.
The researchers found that the rats in the study which were fed tart cherry powder benefited from just modest amounts of tart cherry powder. Some of the results included lower levels of cell oxidative stress (possibly due to the synergistic benefits of the compounds found in the tart cherry powder). In addition, the study indicated the tart cherry powder may also help maintain cardiovascular health in the subjects.
The researchers also indicated that after receiving promising cardiovascular results from using tart cherry powder in the study, the U of M team will soon launch clinical trials on humans with tart cherry powder.
Learn more about the Fruit Advantage tart cherry capsules:
Source: Cherry-enriched diets reduce metabolic syndrome and oxidative stress in lean Dahl-SS rats. Experimental Biology 2007 225.8, Seymour EM, Singer AAM, Bennink MR, Bolling SF. Presented in minisymposium 225, Dietary Bioactive Compounds: Chronic Disease Risk Reduction.
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