Growing up, cherry pie was one of my favorite desserts, so you can imagine how excited I was to recently discover that cherries are packed with lots of great healthy properties.
Of course, getting your cherries from pie isn’t the most healthy and nutritious way to take advantage of the healing power of cherries. Instead, do yourself a favor and add black cherry juice to your grocery shopping list.
You’ll be amazed at all the benefits you get from drinking it. Keep reading to learn about some of the amazing advantages you get from adding black cherry juice to your diet.
1. It Gives You Relief From Gout and Arthritis Pain
If you suffer from gout and/or arthritis, then sipping on the juice of black cherries might be just what you need when it comes to pain relief.
According to Dr. Mercola, you can thank the anthocyanins and bioflavonoids in the cherries for relieving your pain.
How does it work? Those two components work together to slow down the enzymes Cyclo-oxyygenase-1 and -2, which are responsible for that pain. (source)
2. It Fights and Prevents Cancer
Though it might sound like some hocus pocus, there have been promising studies showing that black cherries (and their juice) is effective in preventing and fighting cancer in the body.
This is primarily due to the antioxidants and flavonoids present in the fruit, especially queritrin, which is unique to black cherries. Queritrin works by actually fighting the cancer cells in your body.
Another compound in cherries, ellagic acid, is thought to be effective in preventing cancer. But the most effective compound in cherries is perillyl alcohol (POH), which has been shown in studies to be effective against ALL types of cancer. (source)
3. It Has Anti-Aging Properties
It studies with the older population, positive results have been seen in reducing oxidative stress. This is noteworthy because aging is related to the byproducts of oxidative stress.
Research shows that isoqueritrin and queritrin, two flavonoids in cherry juice, are responsible for these anti-aging effects. (source)
4. It Helps You Sleep
Suffer from insomnia or another sleep disorder? A little black cherry juice before bed can help you have a more sound sleep.
Researchers believe the high melatonin levels in tart cherry juice are the reason why drinking it 90 minutes before sleep can help with insomnia.
Studies show that even a little goes a long way towards improving the body’s circadian rhythms. (source)
5. It Gets Rid of Migraines
If you suffer from migraines, then you likely already know that OTC anti-inflammatory medications, like ibuprofen, help to reduce the pain these super headaches bring on.
Well, the natural anti-inflammatory properties of cherries are just as effective, if not more so, according to studies conducted. (source)
6. It Protects Your Muscles
Oxidative stress, pain and inflammation are the common causes of muscle damage, especially in older individuals.
Knowing this, researchers tested the anti-inflammatory and oxidative fighting properties of cherries and discovered that not only do cherries accelerate muscle repair, but they also protect muscles and lower the pain response.
7. It Prevents Cardiovascular Disease
Studies have shown that compounds in cherries are beneficial in reducing cholesterol and triglycerides, even in powder form.
The natural anti-inflammatory properties of cherries also reduces inflammation in the heart and belly, thus lowering heart disease risk. (source)
8. It Reduces Risk Of Diabetes
In studies using tart cherry powder, risk of type two diabetes was reduced in only 90 days of regular consumption of the cherry powder.
Sweet cherries are also effective, but tart cherries contain higher levels of phenolics, which researchers believe are responsible for this reduced risk. (source)
9. It Defends The Body From Neurodegenerative Disorders
If you’re worried about Parkinson’s or another neurodegenerative condition, the add tart cherries to your diet.
Though research shows that sweet and tart cherries have beneficial properties, it is the tart cherry that is better at protecting neurons from damage that can lead to neurodegenerative disorders. (source)