Aside from being good in pies and jam, dark cherries may be the missing link needed if you’re someone that suffers from gout or arthritis.
At only 120 calories per one-cup serving, and high in potassium and iron, cherry juice is one superfood you won’t want to leave off your grocery list!
Cherry Juice Aids Post-workout Recovery
Cherry juice may help recover sooner after exercise since it is naturally high in potassium, which conducts electrical impulses throughout the body.
Potassium also helps maintain blood pressure, hydration, muscle recovery, nerve impulses, digestion, heart rate, and pH balance. Cherries contain about 330 milligrams (mg) of potassium per cup, which is almost 10 percent of your daily recommended value. If you work out even three+ times a week, adding a tablespoon of concentrated black cherry juice to your water bottle could be the difference between feeling good after a workout, or feeling great!
Arthritis Relief from Pain and Stiffness
Cherry juice is known for its ability to reduce the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. A study on the efficacy of cherry juice for osteoarthritis was completed in 2012 and showed that drinking cherry juice twice a day for 21 days reduced the pain felt by people with osteoarthritis. Blood tests also showed that they experienced significantly less inflammation. So, if you often roll out of bed slowly, or walk up the stairs with difficulty due to stiffness associated with arthritis/stiff joints, cherry juice could just be your new best friend!
Swelling often brings with it pain and discomfort. A 2004 study found that cherry supplements can reduce inflammation and pain-related behavior in animals, showing promise as a treatment for swelling in humans. So next time you’re experiencing swelling, instead of reaching for a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, try mixing some liquid concentrated dark cherry juice in your water and experience the benefits this can provide for reducing swelling.
Like other dark red fruits, cherries contain powerful antioxidant and anti-viral properties, specifically, flavonoids which are made by the plant to fight infection. Research has proven that flavonoids have an impressive impact on immune system function. Anthocyanins are what give the fruit its dark red pigment. Anthocyanins are antioxidants that have antimicrobial properties which mean they can kill bacteria that cause illness.
Gout is a type of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, inflammation, and redness. It affects the joints and makes movement difficult due to the pain it causes. In 2012, 633 people with gout took part in a study to determine the efficacy of cherry juice for treatment. The study revealed that the people who ate the cherries had a lower risk of recurrent gout attacks! Researchers believed that this could be due to the anthocyanin in the fruit.
Considering all the health benefits mentioned, cherry juice sounds pretty beneficial to add to your menu as a refreshing beverage to replace sugary processed sodas and sports drinks.
Refreshing and healthy!
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