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Fight Inflammation With Tart Cherry Juice

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By    |   Friday, 20 March 2020 10:45 AM

Tart cherry juice is the latest health rage and for good reason. The cancer-fighting beverage may also protect against heart disease, reduce arthritis symptoms, and help you sleep more soundly.

"Tart cherries are loaded with important nutrients, but you'd have to eat an entire bag of them to obtain all the benefits you get by sipping the juice," says Michele Turcotte, M.S., R.D., a dietitian and nutritionist in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. "Its juice contains many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, which can help alleviate a variety of ailments like asthma symptoms and pain."

Turcotte explains that tart cherries, like all red fruits and vegetables, are rich in anthocyanins, a particularly potent antioxidant phytochemical.

"Anthocyanins encourage healthy circulation, ensure proper nerve function, and offer cancer-fighting properties," says the expert. A research study published in the Journal of Nutrition says that tart cherry juice provides older adults great protection against the development of heart disease, cancer and age-related cognitive decline.

Here are more health benefits:

* Heart disease and diabetes. The quercetin found in tart cherry juice is another powerful antioxidant that helps prevent free radical damage caused by low-density lipoprotein or LDL, according to a 2013 study. When LDL cholesterol is oxidized, its more likely to stick to arterial walls, forming plaque that contributes to heart attack and stroke.

Another study published in the International Journal of Preventative Medicine noted that intake of high levels of quercetin were associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

* Insomnia. Drinking an 8-ounce glass of tart cherry juice in the morning and the evening may be a better and safer way to treat insomnia than taking drugs, according to researchers at Louisiana State University. Tart cherries are a natural source of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle.

* Sports recovery and muscle damage. Marathon runners who consumed 8 ounces of tart cherry juice twice daily for five days prior to a marathon, on the day of the marathon, and then for two days afterward reported less muscle damage, soreness, inflammation, and protein breakdown than runners who consumed a placebo, according to research published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.

* Arthritis and gout. Tart cherry juice may reduce arthritis symptoms such as joint pain and inflammation, according to several studies. A 2012 study revealed that folks with osteoarthritis who drank tart cherry juice for 21 days had reduced symptoms of pain.

* Brain health. Since degenerative brain disorders like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's are thought to be causeed, in part, by oxidative stress, drinking tart cherry juice may have protective effects on brain cells. In fact, in one study, older adults with mild-to-moderate cognitive decline consumed 6 ounces of tart cherry juice daily or a placebo for 12 weeks. The adults in the tart cherry juice group experienced improvement in verbal fluency, short term memory, and long-term memory, whereas the placebo group experienced no improvement.

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