Tart Cherry Juice - a Natural Health Aid
The health benefits of tart cherries are amazing. Perhaps you haven't heard of this wonderful fruit yet, but the tart cherry is quickly growing in popularity as a super fruit. Long used in pies, these wonderful fruit may be a great supplement for your health and well-being. There are numerous health benefits to the power-packing cherry. They serve as an easy, tasty way to treat many conditions such as arthritis, inflammation, and pain. Benefits from this cherry are continuing to be discovered by researchers, and it is truly a super fruit.
Let me start by saying I am not a doctor or medical expert. I am simply sharing my own experience with tart cherries, as well as information that I have learned from reading about it during the last few years. Please take the normal precautions before beginning a supplement, and seek advice from a doctor if necessary.
I have been taking/drinking/eating tart cherries on and off for about six years. I was in my 20's, active, but suffering from chronic knee pain. A forward-thinking doctor introduced me to tart cherry juice and recommended that I try it. I left my appointment and stopped at a health food store and picked up a bottle of concentrated juice. I knew nothing about tart cherries at the time but I was hopeful it would help. I started drinking it that day. An ounce a day was all that I drank. To my amazement, after the fourth day of taking it, I woke up in the morning and got out of bed without any of the nagging pain that I had become so accustomed to. I was in disbelief. Pain medications and anti-inflammatory medicines did not work as well for me as this natural treatment. I was then able to resume sports and exercise without constant aches and pains. It was an unbelievable experience. Swelling that had been occurring often subsided as well. At this point, I began telling friends and family about my experience. Many others have tried it as well and some have had similar results. So now that I have shared a brief story about my own experience with tart cherries, continue on to learn about some of their benefits.
Powerful pain reliever and anti-inflammatory
Tart cherries are loaded with anthocyianins. It is these anthocyianins that are said to have a wide range of health benefits. They act as a strong anti-inflammatory that can help ease pain from inflammation. Research has shown that tart cherries may serve as a much stronger pain reliever than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).
Common conditions that are treated with tart cherry:
- muscle pain
- muscle recovery from activity
Recent research has found that tart cherry serves as an excellent muscle-recovery aid for hard workouts. Some sports teams have begun taking tart cherry after training or games. Post-excercise soreness may be much more tolerable when tart cherry is taken.
Tart cherries contain a large amount of melatonin. Tart cherry juice can be used as a sleep aid and can help people troubled by poor sleep, or disorders. The large amount of melatonin is useful in maintaining the sleep cycle.
Some research has suggested that the anthocyanins in tart cherries can help slow the growth of cancer cells. Research and testing does not appear to be conclusive, but many people are using tart cherry to try to slow the growth of cancer. Additionally, the melatonin in tart cherry is believed to slow some types of cancer growth.
Buying tart cherry
I prefer to take tart cherry concentrate, as opposed to juice. It can be purchased at health food stores and some supermarkets, or online. Capsules are also available and can be purchased in health food stores or online as well. Dried tart cherries are a delicious snack, and deliver the same benefits. Tart cherry products can be expensive. It may be worth buying in bulk to save some money.
Taking tart cherry
Follow the product recommendations for taking tart cherry supplements - or follow guidance from a doctor or health professional. Tart cherry concentrate can be mixed with other drinks. Experiment with different mixes to find a flavor that you like. I enjoy mixing tart cherry with clear sodas like Sprite or 7-Up. It is also delicious with ginger ale and cola. Or simply mix it in club soda. If you don't mind the taste of straight tart cherry, you can take it by itself rather than mixing it.