10 Reasons To Use Tart Cherry Juice to Reduce Inflammation
Written By: Lilla Bessenyei
Tart cherry is a forgotten superfood.
The first thing I have to mention is that not ALL cherries are created equal. There’s some differences between the sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) and the tart cherry (Prunus cerasus L.), also known as sour cherry or pie cherry.
Cherries in general are a good source of anthocyanins, which have a strong antioxidant effect. In addition, these antioxidants are similar to those which can be found in bilberries and blueberries (these two are well known for their superior antioxidant content). And that’s not all! Cherries have a unique chemical composition because they also have phenolics (the benefits of this will be explained later).
Did you know that the sour cherry holds the 14th place among the top 50 antioxidant rich superfoods? It overshadowed red wine and dark chocolate.
Tart vs. Sweet
Let’s talk about the differences between the two types of cherries and why the tart cherry is a better option than its sweet brother. For instance, sour cherries contain two times more anthocyanin and phenolics levels and are lower in sugar content.
Here are 10 reasons why you should drink tart cherry juice:
1. Strong anti-inflammatory properties.
To be more accurate, its anti-inflammatory activity is similar to Ibuprofen and Naproxen, two potent nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. The good news is that this fruit doesn’t have the serious side effects like it’s synthetic opponents and it can show much a wider circle of benefits than only fighting against inflammation.
2. Good for your joints.
Unfortunately, osteoarthritis is occurring more and more frequently in our society. This is a chronic condition which leads to the breakdown of the joint cartilage and due to this, causes pain and may lead to injury.
Clinical studies have shown that in osteoarthritis patients, tart cherry juice significantly reduces pain and inflammation in joints. Along with this, it improves their function.
3. Helps protect against Gout.
Gout is caused by high uric acid concentration in the blood. It’s a type of inflammatory arthritis. Unfortunately, this chronic condition is associated with higher prevalence of other health problems, such as heart disease and mortality.
Scientists found that cherry extract can decrease the risk of gout attacks by 45%.
4. Works on multiple metabolic pathways.
Researchers discovered that cherry compounds can regulate copious metabolic pathways. These substances can block several enzymes while boosting others, turn on cancer defenses, manage glucose levels and amplify primary antioxidants.
5. Prevents cardiovascular diseases.
Scientists reported that tart cherry can reduce serum LDL levels, which is associated with atherosclerosis and heart disease. Patients who consumed 8 ounces of this fruit juice daily (pure form, without added sugars) achieved a 17% decreasement in their triglyceride levels.
In addition,, it improves many cardiovascular risk factors like belly fat, cholesterol and obesity. It can lower the inflammation of the heart, which is also linked to heart disease.
6. Helps to manage your weight.
Studies have shown that drinking cherry juice can reduce abdominal fat, fat mass, hyperlipidemia and regulate blood sugar levels.
And since obesity can be caused by a low-level chronic inflammation and this juice is an expert at lowering inflammation, it may help to solve the root of the problem.
7. Has anti-cancer effects.
Those wonderful berry anthocyanins – which can be found abundantly in sour cherries – can turn off the genes of cell proliferation, inflammation and new blood vessel formation in tumors.
They also trigger apoptosis, which is known as programmed cell death. This mechanism is important for the suicide of incorrect or damaging cells, like cancer cells.
Because of the special synergy of anthocyanins and phenolics, researchers continue to discover the numerous biochemical pathways in this area.
8. It protects your muscles.
Multiple clinical studies concluded that tart cherry juice not only lowers the pain and soreness of muscles after a workout, but it can enhance their recovery.
9. Prevents neurodegenerative diseases.
Thanks to their high polyphenolic compounds, sour cherries have shown to a powerful, protective effect against neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and several others.
This red fruit can shield your neurons from oxidative stress, which can cause cell-degeneration or death.
Due to the fact that these types of cherries can reduce chronic inflammation, obesity, oxidative stress, joint pain, improve blood work, boost your body’s antioxidant and detoxifying enzymes, manage blood sugar levels and even help autoimmune diseases, tart cherry juice has the power to potentially benefit every aspect of your health.
Lilla Bessenyei is a pharmacist and writer. It has been through her own experience that she realized that health and happiness start with what you put in your body and mind - including your thoughts. She is an avid researchers and has learned a lot about health and medicine. In her studies, she found that cultivating healthy emotions were just as important (if not more so) as a healthy diet. She is a fitness junkie, enjoys the numerous benefits of a vegan diet and enjoys helping people discover true health and happiness.
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