Who doesn’t love the delicious taste of fresh juicy cherries?
The two most popular varieties are the sweet or wild cherry (the ones usually found fresh in your grocery store) and tart or sour cherries (most recognized in dried cherries or cherry pie filling).
Sweet or Sour?
More readily available, sweet cherries are delicious and packed with flavonoids proven to lower system wide inflammation and help prevent disease. The sweet variety has a higher glycemic index and contains more calories than their tart cousin.
Tart cherries have double all the good stuff. They are available dried, canned, frozen, or as a juice year-round. Getting them fresh is harder if you don’t live in the regions where they are grown. Tart cherries originated in Paris but now you can find them in Utah, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and New York.
Let’s dig a little deeper and find out if the benefits of tart cherry juice are all they are made out to be?
Packed with incredible flavonoids called anthocyanins, these compounds are what give berries and other produce their color, flavor, and powerful antioxidant properties. When juiced the compounds are more readily available in a concentrated form.
Tart Cherry Juice Benefits Naturally…
- Relieve muscle pain and speed recovery of muscles after exercise
- Preserve muscle function due to exercise, injury, or age
- Sooth pain in the joints caused by osteoarthritis
- Prevent and manage pain associated with gout by lowering uric acid
- Lower inflammation bio-markers over your entire body
- Improve sleep quality due to its melatonin content
- Lower cholesterol without the side effects of statin drugs
- Help to burn fat cells located around the belly (a leading risk factor for heart disease)
- Trigger apoptosis (cell suicide) of cancer cells
- Inhibit angiogenesis (blood vessel formation) to starve cancerous tumors
The Anti-Inflammatory Awesomeness of Tart Cherry Juice
There is so much to love about these little fruits but they are developing a reputation for lowering inflammation above and beyond all their other great characteristics (there are many). The antioxidants in tart cherries have proven repeatedly to be a powerful solution to inflammation.
It shocked researchers to discover that the benefits of tart cherry juice are as effective at regulating inflammatory responses as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), and naproxen (Aleve)!
NSAIDs account for more than 60% of the over-the-counter sales of pain relievers. In pharmaceutical strength, they account for well over 100 million annual prescriptions. These supposedly “safe” medicines can cause bleeding of the stomach and kidney failure. They also increase your risk of stroke or heart attack.
Other pain relievers such as acetaminophen (the primary ingredient in Tylenol, Vicodin, and more than 150 other over-the-counter products) are bio-accumulative. Over time, it builds up in your liver. Acetaminophen is the number one cause of acute liver failure (ALF) in the United States and the United Kingdom due to unintentional overdose.
Products like Tylenol do not have an effect on inflammation but many consumers mistakenly treat all their pain with the same medication.
Finding natural alternatives to these inexpensive and readily available pain relievers and anti-inflammatories is considered a public health concern.
Bringing Down the Heat with the Benefits of Tart Cherry Juice
When inflammation runs rampant in your body, it increases your risk of every serious disease including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Chronic inflammation is both a cause and a result of obesity. With more than two-thirds of the United States population considered overweight or obese, the cases of disease sparked by inflammation are only going to climb.
Multiple scientific studies have shown a marked decrease in inflammation with the consumption of tart cherry juice. Those study participants who begin the trials with the most inflammation show the greatest improvement. One bio-marker that scientists use to measure inflammation is the presence of C-reactive proteins (CRPs) in the body.
It is only in the last decade that the overwhelming role of inflammation in regards to sickness has been in the spotlight. When your body is inflamed, it can cause or worsen dozens of debilitating and deadly diseases.
We talk a lot about following an anti-inflammatory diet and removing pro-inflammatory foods from your eating plan. Food matters…it truly does! Your body requires balance and that isn’t always easy to find in our hectic modern world where we are surrounded by contaminants.
The Natural Way is the Better Way
It should come as no surprise that the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) moved to squash scientific studies done on the benefits of tart cherry juice back in 2005. We’re not surprised that the healing power of food is ignored by government agencies and Big Pharma.
After so many years of reporting on the incredible health breakthroughs possible through diet, we should be accustomed to such disappointment. We are not as jaded as we believed.
The refusal of big corporations such as food manufacturers, pharmaceuticals, and government agencies to help affect real change to the health and wellness of the population continues to boggle the mind and rattle the cage of common sense.
Fortunately, you know there are better ways to achieve total body wellness. That’s why you’re here! We are so happy to have you with us!
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