Natural Cherry Juice
Cherries are small, round and red fruits of the genus prunus. It is a stone fruit in the same family as fruits such as plums, peaches and apricots. As cherries are seasonal fruits, they are quite commonly dried, canned or preserved in other ways so that their benefits are enjoyed all year long. One common way these fruits are enjoyed is through natural cherry juice. The juice either comes in ready to drink bottles or in concentrate form.
Natural cherry juice is very popular due to the fact it is very delicious, but also because it has many health benefits. The health benefits are mostly derived from the many antioxidants cherries contain. More than 17 different antioxidants, including melatonin and anthocyanins, have been found to be present in cherry fruits.
Most store bought natural cherry juice is made from the tart cherry as this is said to be the cherry with the most health benefits. It has the highest ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) and highest antioxidant concentration. The ORAC test measures the number of antioxidants in a food and how strong they are. Because natural cherry juice is said to have very high ORAC values, this means that the antioxidants are readily available to the human body to help fight free radicals.
As natural cherry juice has a large amount of antioxidants, it has been indicated to help in relieving pain and inflammation. For this reason, it is used to relieve pain and inflammation in conditions such as gout, arthritis, back pain and muscle pain. In fact cherry juice is quite commonly used in the treatment of gout as it has been proven to reduce uric acid levels in the body. Accumulation of uric acid is what is responsible for gout.
Athletes and sports people are also turning to natural cherry juice as their new sports drink, to relieve muscle pain. It is recommended that people drink the juice right before and right after strenuous exercise to reap these benefits.
Other health benefits of cherry juice include the reduction in the risk of getting serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Cherries have also been shown to reduce the possibility of premature aging, help with regulating sleep (as they contain melatonin, the sleep hormone) and preventing the formation of varicose veins.
Natural cherry juice also has the benefit of being low in calories. On top of that, there is more good news for people watching their weight as some studies have shown that the cherry juice can prevent weight gain. These studies also showed that cherry juice lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglyceride levels.
To achieve the most out of natural cherry juice, you should drink one or two glasses daily.