The next time you’re looking for a quick boost to support health, sleep and summer cravings, reach for cherry juice. Cherry juice alone won’t make you lose weight or instantly create a healthier you, but their nutrients might just be the tipping point for better sleep, the little known secret to health and weight loss.
Unsuspectingly, these ruby red gems are bursting with juicy, summer flavor and contain a variety of important nutrients including fiber, vitamins, and minerals.Cherries are a rich source of natural melatonin, polyphenols and vitamin C which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to boost your overall health.
A great source of the amino acids tryptophan, serotonin, and melatonin, cherries also contain powerful antioxidants that can actually reduce cellular damage caused by free radicals.
I’m pretty sure we would all take a magic pill that could keep us alive longer, so why aren’t we all reaching for this secret superfood? Just as we think of watermelon as a summer “must have,” cherries should also be added to your list.
Bing cherries are the most common type of sweet cherries grown in the United States while the Montmorency variety is the most commonly grown tart version, and tart cherry juice is a superfood drink that will protect your health, provide deeper sleep, keep you alive longer, and even help to burn fat!
Research shows that cherries and tart cherry juice help to reduce and prevent oxidative stress and inflammation for athletic performance, diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, and sleep!
In the 1950’s researchers studied 12 people with gout and analyzed the potential health benefits of cherries with their daily consumption. Individuals who ate fresh cherries daily reduced swelling and increased range of motion in their fingers and toes! What’s more, a 2012 study of 633 gout patients noted those individuals were at a 35% lower risk of gout attacks simply by consuming up to 3 servings of fresh cherries or cherry extract over a 2-day period.
Inflammation and pain are common performance inhibitors in athletes, so concentrated cherry juice is a little known secret for those seeking faster recovery times and less aches and pains. Several studies have shown that drinking 10-12 ounces of tart cherry juice twice daily reduced muscle soreness and pain associated with exercise due to the flavonoid antioxidants contained in the red cherry pigment.
While cherries are high in their natural sugar content, human, animal and cell culture studies suggest that the flavonoid compounds in cherries help modulate improved blood sugar levels. It may seem like a total contradiction, yet a study of 19 women with diabetes who drank 1.5 ounces of tart cherry juice concentrate every day for 6 weeks showed a reduction in fasting and overall blood sugar levels, HgbA1c (glycated hemoglobin).
Tart cherry juice also plays a part in supporting hearth health. Several research studies have shown that drinking tart cherry juice lowers both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in people with high blood pressure and another study showed a decrease in heart disease metrics such as triglycerides in 10 overweight individuals simply by drinking 8 ounces of tart cherry juice each day.
A habitually shortened sleep duration of less than 7.7 hours has been associated with decreased leptin (hunger hormone) and increased ghrelin (satiation hormone), contributing to an overall increased body mass index. Sleep is critcal for an effective metabolic rate for weight loss, improved mental clarity, and your overall health.
In a 2012 European Journal of Nutrition study, those who included cherry juice in their daily diet boosted time in bed, time asleep, and quality of sleep compared to the control group. And in a study of 15 participants with a history of insomnia those who consumed two 8-ounce servings of concentrated cherry juice using Montmorency tart cherries reported improved sleep.
Tart cherries contain natural melatonin that promotes deeper, better quality sleep. Better sleep supports health and weight loss since inadequate sleep modulates appetite, cravings, satiation, stress and ultimately triggers fat storage.
Who knew cherries could be so powerful!
Training, work, and kids…Oh MY!
I routinely use and recommend to my clients the addition of 1-2 tablespoons of Purium’s Organic Apothe Cherry! This concentrated Montmorency Tart Cherry juice is nutritionally dense, sweet, and tart! Just one ounce of the juice has the nutritional potency of 30 tart cherries!
WOW! That’s a quick and easy way to load up with natural melatonin to aid a deep sleep. And, the best part?…It’s loaded with anti-oxidants, 7,000 ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbence Capacity) units to beat inflammation and for anti-aging benefits, giving you a “Beauty Sleep Cocktail!”
Who could ask for more than to look great and feel refreshed every morning?
Pacer Kristen Cherry Spritzer
- 2 ounces Purium Apothe Cherry
- 4 ounces mineral water, organic pineapple juice, or organic apple juice
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