Eating for Your Health: Tart Cherry Juice

Tart Cherry Juice

I happened upon the benefits of tart cherry juice quite by accident.  I had a bag of cherries and thought I would look up the benefits.  Most of the information I found was on the juice because you would have to eat a lot of fruit to get some of the best benefits.  When I first read about this a few weeks ago, my first thought was that they don’t sell cherry juice here.  Well, they don’t -yet, but I just happened to stop by a grocery store this week in the next county over, and there was a little stand of with tart cherry juice for sale.  Ok, not here, but not too far away.  So, I bought some.  I remembered from my research that it was supposed to help muscle inflammation, and I was hurting all over from my new job schedule.  Well, I have to be honest, I am always a bit skeptical about these things.  Not that I don’t believe they are healthy long term, but I just usually don’t notice an obvious difference right away.  Plus, from what I read, you are supposed to drink it right after you exercise and this was almost twenty-four hours later.  But, the next morning I felt noticeably better, and the same recovery had take 4 days the week before.  Now, I know this is not a scientific study or anything, but it seemed to work, and I am going to try it again.

So, what do the experts say about tart cherry juice?  It does reduce inflammation, which helps muscle soreness and reduces the risk of inflammatory diseases, but that is not all.  It also lowers blood pressure, fights cancer, lowers cholesterol, reduces the risk of stroke, and helps you sleep.  So, drink your tart cherry juice!

Sources:  Livestrong

                  Huffington Post

                  Fox News

 

 

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