Health Benefits of Cherry Juice and Cherries

Health Benefits of Cherry Juice and Cherries
for Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Inflammation.

The health benefits of cherry juice: I love fruit. Exotic, juicy fruits are like healthy candy. Beautiful, easy to prepare (handy for lazy cooks), and loaded with nutrition. Apples, plums, raspberries, etc. An extensive list of fruity goodness. In this article, we are going to take a look at a classic:The Cherry.

Black Cherry Juice for Arthritis and Pain

health benefits of black cherry juice

One of the most noticeable benefits of cherry juice is its ability to reduce inflammation.

Inflammation is a bodily response to irritation or injury that is oftentimes accompanied by pain, swelling, redness, and heat.

Inflammation is also associated with cancer, heart disease, and gastrointestinal problems. Some common inflammatory conditions include; arthritis, tendonitis, colitis, acne, some forms of high blood pressure, sprains and strains.

In a study done at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland, cherry juice was shown to reduce inflammation as effectively as some prescription anti-inflammatory drugs, and without side effects.

Gram for gram, cherry juice outperforms aspirin without the stomach upset common from taking aspirin long-term. Freshly juiced cherries are definitely worth a try for pain relief.[1]


Concentrated Cherry Juice for Gout

The most noticeable benefit of cherry juice is its remarkable ability to reduce gout. Gout is a painful form of arthritis that typically affects the big toe and/or foot. I have seen people rendered incapable of walking from a bad episode of gout. The pain of it has been described to me as being "debilitating" amongst other, more...colorful terms. When people get gout, they REALLY want it to go away.

While dietary changes are absolutely necessary for long term control of gout, concentrated cherry juice can work wonders for helping a person get over the immediate and excruciating symptoms. The most noticeable effects I saw were when people consumed 1 ounce of concentrated cherry juice 3-4 times a day while symptoms lasted, then reducing to 1 ounce taken once a day for a week or so afterward. Daily consumption would be a good idea for people who have a history of gout. Cherry juice tastes great so it is a nice alternative to many other options.

Cherry Juice for Sleep

Another study done at the University of Texas showed that cherry juice contains small amounts of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland that helps regulate the sleep cycle. This cycle is referred to as the Circadian Rhythm. This indicates that consuming cherries or cherry juice could help a person sleep comfortably and wake up feeling refreshed.[2]

In my work with clients, I have seen people experience improved sleep from drinking an ounce of concentrated cherry juice an hour or so before bed. The best type to use is black cherry juice from Montmorency cherries. Check at any high quality health food store and some conventional grocery stores for concentrated cherry juice or juice your own tart cherries. Research has shown that benefits could be seen with juicing only 20 cherries a day.

Health Benefits of Cherry Juice

Most of the health benefits of cherry juice are due to its high nutrition content and antioxidants. Cherries are rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, heart healthy Vitamin E, and Potassium. Cherries are also a good source of fiber, critical for blood purification and colon health. Research done by Muralee G. Nair, Phd.in Food Science and human food researcher, indicates that eating 20 cherries daily could cut your risk of heart attack by 30%.

Cherries and cherry juice are also great sources of a particular type of antioxidant known as anthocyanins. These phytonutrients are responsible for most of the pain relieving benefits of cherry juice. Anthocyanins also help to promote longevity by protecting cells from free radicals.

Eating and juicing cherries can reduce the risk of heart disease including high blood pressure, reduce vascular headaches, and improve muscle recovery after workouts.

I make a habit of eating cherries. I juice them, mix them into smoothies, and add them to coconut milk ice cream for a healthy dose of decadence. My favorite way to get the health benefits of cherry juice is eating fresh, organic cherries from the grocery store. Always delicious, always healthy, cherries and cherry juice are truly Superfoods.

Black cherry juice, also known as tart cherry juice, is slightly higher in antioxidants than the sweeter version that folks commonly consume. If you are using the juice medicinally, such as for arthritis or gout, look for the tart variety. You can also get concentrated cherry juice. Whichever kind you choose, make sure to read the ingredient list to make sure it is pure juice with very little sugar added. Or, as I prefer, use a juicer to make a glass of black cherry juice at home!

Related Cherry Juice Pages:

Cherry Juice Overview
Benefits of Cherry Juice
Black Cherry Juice and Gout Benefits


References

[1]Journal of Nutrition 2006 Apr;136(4):981-6

[2]Behav. Brain Res. 2004 Aug 12;153(1):181-8