Everyone knows that fruit is good for you, but Montmorency cherries are especially powerful. Recent scientific studies reveal what we’ve been hearing from our customers at The Red Barn for years: that tart cherries have many healing and health-promoting properties! While not intended to be used as a drug, tart cherries may provide an all-natural solution to some of your health concerns. A little juice goes a long way!
The latest research conducted by the University of Michigan suggests that a cherry-enriched diet may help lower body fat, total weight, and cholesterol, which are all major risk factors for heart disease! This is mainly because of the presence of anthocyanins—the antioxidant that gives cherries their deep, red color.
Benefits to your Joints
Antioxidant-rich foods, like tart cherries, may help reduce levels of nitric oxide in your body—a compound associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Patients tested in a 2007 study experienced a significant decrease in pain, and increase in function, after taking cherry pills for eight weeks. What an easy way to take pain out of your life!
Hey, all you major exercisers out there, take note! Scientists are finding that drinking tart cherry juice, or simply eating tart cherries fresh or dried, significantly reduces muscle pain and damage following intense workouts! Marathon runners reported faster recovery rates, and less inflammation, when they drank tart cherry juice before running.
Not only does a glass of cherry juice count towards your recommended fruit servings for the day, but you’ll be a happier exerciser because of it. That sounds like a win-win to us at The Red Barn!
Drinking tart cherry juice has become associated with an increase in sleep quality and improving the body’s natural sleep patterns. This is because Tart cherries are rich in melatonin—an antioxidant that helps you get to sleep. Fight insomnia with a glass or two of tart cherry juice every day, and get the beauty sleep you need!
You are what you eat, and you can eat your way to a healthier you! Check out the variety of delicious tart cherry products here at The Red Barn.
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