Recently researchers at UC Davis Medical Center published a study on the benefits of eating Bing cherries. Conclusion? Eating 45 Bings a day can lower inflammation markers. Inflammation is a key contributor to obstructive sleep apnea. Lowering swelling and inflammation in the airway passage can open the airway.
Eating cherries improved the following biomarker levels in circulating blood:
↑ 27.9% anti-inflammatory protein IL-1Ra ↓ 29% EN-RAGE, a protein associated with blood vessel abnormalities in diabetes ↓ 20.3% ferritin, a protein that controls blood iron levels ↓ 20.1% C-reactive protein ↓ 19.9% plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), a blood clot preventer ↓ 14.4% tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFa) ↓ 13.2% epidermal growth factor (EGF) ↓ 13.7% endothelin-1 (ET-1), a potent vasoconstrictor