There is ongoing research on cherry juice, and they show that daily consumption of tart cherry juice, black cherry juice, or rather any cherry juice in general promotes a good quality of life and well-being in humans.
Health Benefits of Cherry Juice
Antioxidants are crucial in attacking harmful free radicals in the body, which can cause health problems, like cancer or atherosclerosis. Each food item has different levels of oxygen radical absorption capacity. The higher this capacity, the greater is the capacity of the food item to supercharge the health of a person with a mega dose of antioxidants.
Studies have confirmed that drinking as little as 250 milliliters of cherry juice everyday is able to give the same benefits that the consumption of 23 different fruits and vegetables can offer. It is said to have more antioxidants than five servings of peas, tomatoes, watermelon, carrots, and bananas put together.
Consumption of cherry juice regularly helps in the lowering of uric acid levels in the body. The damage caused to the joints by uric acid crystals can also repaired by the regular consumption of cherry juice or simply fresh cherries.
It is said that anthocyanins present in tart cherries make them ten times more pain-relieving than aspirin. However, other varieties of cherries are also able to give equal benefits, if not more. Other than for relieving arthritic pain, it can also be used for relieving regular muscle pain and inflammation.
Research points to the fact that athletes who drink cherry juice have a 2 point lower self-reported pain level at the end of a race, if these points are measured on a 0 to 10 scale.
Although research is still being done on the potency of this juice in alleviating post-exercise inflammation and reducing muscle pain, regular exercisers are said to have benefited greatly from it. These benefits are attributed to anti-inflammation power of the antioxidants and anthocyanins in cherries.
People with circulation problems are known to benefit from the healing properties of anthocyanins. They ensure healthy nerve functioning. Along with these benefits, anthocyanins also have anti-cancer properties. They halts cell transformation that leads to cancer.
Although melatonin is produced in the body, with age the capacity of the body to produce this antioxidant reduces. Due to this it is seen that old people find it difficult to sleep. Drinking cherry juice often proves to be of help in treating this condition.
The other benefits of cherry juice include:
- Strengthening of the immune system
- Anti-aging properties
- Reduction in stress-related conditions
- Harnessing mood swings
Add about two tablespoons of the concentrate to half a glass of water, mix well, and drink immediately. However, if you are going to opt for dried cherries, then one serving is enough. When cherries are in season, you can choose to have one serving of fresh cherries.
It has been observed that a number of people mix cherry juice with apple juice for that extra punch of vitamins and minerals. Perhaps the day is not far when '10 to 12 cherries a day will keep diseases at bay' will become a mantra.
Since fresh cherries are not available throughout the year and are harvested only in summer, the juice is the second best option. Alternatively, one can also opt for concentrated cherry juice. Cherry capsules are also of help, if fresh cherries or cherry juice is not available.