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Cardiometabolic Effects of Sweet Cherry Juice
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Cardiometabolic Effects of Sweet Cherry Juice

Who is conducting the study?

Kevin Laugero, PhD, from the Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC) and Department of Nutrition, at the University of California, Davis.

What is the purpose of this study?

This study is testing the effects of consuming sweet cherry juice on cardiovascular and metabolic health.

Where is the study being conducted?

WHNRC, 430 West Health Sciences Drive, University of California, Davis, California, 95616

Who can participate in this study?

Men aged 20 to 65 years and post-menopausal women aged 45 to 65 years old, who are 5-100 lbs. overweight qualify for this study.

What would exclude me from participating in the study?

What can I expect to happen during the study?

Time and location: The study will last 13 weeks. The initial screening visit at our research center on the UC Davis campus will be to determine eligibility and provide you with an explanation of the study. If you qualify for participation, you will come to the research center for 6 test visits. Three of the test visits will run about 4 – 5 hours, and the other three will take about 8 hours. During the study, you will also come to the research center once a week for brief check-ins and to pick up your study beverages.

Tasks: Participants will consume two beverages, sweet cherry juice and a placebo drink, in a random order, for 6 weeks each. Volunteers will be asked to consume the study beverages 2 times per day for 12 weeks. We will be measuring factors related to cardiovascular and metabolic status and function, including blood pressure, heart rate, blood metabolites such as glucose and triglycerides, hormones and biochemical factors. You will be asked to answer some surveys about your lifestyle, e.g. diet, physical activity, stress, and sleep.

What is your compensation from this study?

Participants will receive monetary compensation up to $400. If you complete only a portion of the study, you will be compensated only for those portions completed.

What should I do if I have questions or want to participate in the study?

For more information, please contact the study coordinator, Rashel DeCant

Call (530) 752-5177, ext. 6 or email rashel.decant@usda.gov.