5 Interesting Health Benefits of Black Cherry Juice


Also known as Prunus serotina, the black cherry is one of the largest species of cherries in the Eastern United States. It is also commonly called wild black cherry, rum cherry, mountain black cherry, etc. This fruit is used for various culinary purposes such as adding flavor to liqueurs, sodas, jams, and other foods and beverages. North American Indians such as the Iroquois often ate the fruit with bread and cakes.


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"Enjoy the healthy bitter sweetness of black cherry juice."

Despite their bitterness, black cherry fruits are rife with healthy nutrients. Drinking the juice is often a preferred way to consume the black cherry’s nutrients. These bitter, but healthy fruits, are rich in antioxidants, improve sleep, help treat gout, and also help and alleviate inflammation.

Rich in Antioxidants:

Like other fruit beverages such as pomegranate juice, red wine, and concord grape juice, black cherry juice is rich in antioxidants.  Antioxidants are essentially substances that protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals. It is possible that free radicals are partially responsible for diseases such as cancer and heart disease. A study retrieved from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry shows that black cherry juice is one of the top beverages with high antioxidant activity. This doesn’t necessarily mean that cherry juice cures these diseases, but it is possible that it prevents you from getting them.

Improves Sleep:

Insufficient sleep is a problem for many people. What is more, lack of sleep is often associated with diabetes, obesity, depression, etc. Getting enough sleep not only improves your memory and energy, but might also help prevent some chronic diseases. Fortunately, cherry juice might help you get a good night’s sleep. Previous studies show that black cherry juice might help improve your sleep time and overall nocturnal activity, because of the melatonin and tryptophan content found in it. 

Helps Treat Gout:

Gout is a painful arthritic disease that is caused by excessive uric acid buildup. Many studies and personal anecdotes from patients show that cherries might be able to reduce gout flare ups. Some patients say that cherries do in fact alleviate their condition, but others say it doesn't work for them. If you are a patient that suffers from gout, you can try drinking cherry juice to see if it works for you. However, consult your doctor before making such changes to your diet.

Possible Treatment for Inflammation:

Cherries can be an important asset to patients who suffer from inflammation. Inflammation is one of the primary symptoms of arthritic diseases. Past studies indicate that cherries can possibly relieve inflammation. A study retrieved from the Journal of Nutrition shows that the compounds found in cherries may help inhibit inflammatory pathways. That is another reason why patients who are experiencing these conditions should consider including cherries to their diet

 Improves Muscle Recovery:

If you are a serious athlete, you certainly value timely muscle recovery. Although cherry is not a protein supplement to pump up your muscles, it might have the ability to help your muscles recover after strenuous exercises. A study from the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports suggests that cherries might help improve muscle recovery because of its antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and lipid peroxidation capabilities. Therefore, serious athletes might benefit from this if they incorporate cherry juice to their diet. 


References:

Marquis A. David. Wisconsin's Basin Education Initiative. "Black Cherry." Accessed December 8, 2011.

Sheu Scott. American Indian Health and Diet Project (AIHDP). "Foods Indigenous to the Western Hemisphere: Black Cherry." Accessed December 8, 2011.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): "Sleep and Sleep Disorders."  Accessed December 8 ,2011. 

Journal of Medicinal Food: "Effects of a Tart Cherry Juice Beverage on the Sleep of Older Adults with Insomnia." Accessed December 8, 2011. 


Laino Charlene. WebMD: "Cherries May Cut Risk of Gout Flare-ups." Accessed December 8, 2011.

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Consumption of Cherries Lowers Plasma Urate in Healthy Women." Accessed December 10, 2011.

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Influence of Tart Cherry Juice on Indices of Recovery Following Marathon Running." Accessed December 10, 2011.