Tart Cherry Juice powder:
Here are 10 science-based health benefits of tart cherry juice.
- Rich in Nutrients
Tart cherry juice is rich in various nutrients. (1)
Tart cherry juice also contains smaller amounts of B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, omega-3 and omega-6 fats, in addition to antioxidants and other beneficial plant compounds (1, 2).
Compared to sweet cherry varieties, tart cherries contain 20 times more vitamin A, and their antioxidant levels are up to five times higher (1, 3, 4, 5).
One easy way to tell tart cherries from sweet varieties is by their color. Sweet cherries tend to be darker in color, whereas tart cherries retain their bright red color after being harvested.
Tart cherry juice contains many nutrients and beneficial plant compounds. Compared to sweet cherry juice, it may also contain higher levels of certain nutrients*.
- May Increase Strength and Reduce Muscle Soreness*
Physically active individuals may be particularly interested in tart cherry juice’s effect on muscle strength and soreness.
A majority of studies have reported beneficial effects.
In one study, long distance runners drank either 24 ounces (710 ml) of tart cherry juice or a placebo in the seven days leading up to as well as on the day of a race.
The runners given Tart cherry juice experienced three times less pain during and after the race compared to those given the placebo (6)
In another study, runners given 16 ounces (480 ml) of Tart cherry juice in the days leading up to and immediately following a marathon experienced less muscle damage, soreness and inflammation. They also recovered faster (7).
Similar results have been observed after supplementing daily with 480 mg of tart cherry powder (8, 9, 10).
One group of men was given tart cherry supplements or a placebo in the days leading up to and immediately following an intense resistance training session.
The tart cherry group lost up to 4% less muscle strength as a result of the training when compared to men given the placebo (10).
Tart cherry supplements may also reduce muscle breakdown, muscle soreness and speed up recovery in resistance-trained individuals (9, 10, 11).
Although the majority of studies report beneficial effects, it’s important to note that a few found no benefits. Thus, more research is needed on this topic (12, 13, 14).
Tart cherry juice intake in the days leading up to and immediately following intense physical exercise may reduce muscle strength loss and soreness*. It may also speed up recovery*.
- Could Help You Sleep Better
Tart cherry juice may be a safe and effective way to treat insomnia and increase the amount of sleep you get each night.
That’s because tart cherries are naturally rich in melatonin, a hormone responsible for sleepiness.
Moreover, tart cherries contain a good amount of tryptophan and anthocyanins, two compounds that may help the body create melatonin and lengthen its effects.
Research shows that supplementing with tart cherry juice increases levels of melatonin and helps improve sleep quality and duration (15).
In one study, participants suffering from insomnia drank either 16 ounces (480 ml) of tart cherry juice or the same amount of a placebo juice each day for two weeks. The tart cherry juice increased sleep time by an average of 85 minutes (16).
Interestingly, tart cherry juice seems to be just as, if not more, effective at reducing insomnia than valerian and melatonin — the two most studied natural products for insomnia (17).
Tart cherry juice can help increase the body’s melatonin levels. This helps reduce symptoms of insomnia and can result in better quality sleep*.
- May Reduce Symptoms of Arthritis and Gout
Tart cherry juice is often claimed to reduce arthritis symptoms, such as joint pain and inflammation.
In one study, tart cherry juice reduced certain blood markers of inflammation in women with osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis (18).
In another study, patients who consumed two 8-ounce (240-ml) bottles of tart cherry juice daily experienced slightly less pain and stiffness after six weeks (19). However, the differences observed between patients given the cherry juice and those given a placebo were very small (19).
Studies have also looked at the effect of tart cherry juice on gout, a type of arthritis accompanied by repeated attacks of swelling and intense pain.
Drinking tart cherry juice seems to reduce blood levels of uric acid — a chemical that can trigger gout when present in too high concentrations (20).
In addition, several studies report that individuals with gout who consume fresh tart cherries or tart cherry juice concentrate daily are up to 50% less likely to suffer from an attack (21, 22).
Tart cherry juice’s anti-inflammatory effects may help reduce symptoms of arthritis and gout*.
- Might Promote Brain Health
Degenerative brain disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are thought to be caused, in part, by oxidative stress.
Tart cherries and their juice contain large amounts of antioxidants and other beneficial plant compounds that may have protective effects on brain cells (23).
In one study, consuming 16 ounces (480 ml) of tart cherry juice daily improved antioxidant defenses in healthy older men and women (24).
In another study, older adults with mild-to-moderate dementia consumed either 6.5 ounces (200 ml) of tart cherry juice or a placebo for 12 weeks.
Adults in the cherry juice group experienced improvements in verbal fluency and short-term and long-term memory, whereas those in the placebo group experienced no improvements (25).
The high antioxidant levels in tart cherry juice may help improve brain function and reduce symptoms of mild-to-moderate dementia*.
- May Strengthen the Immune System
Tart cherry juice is rich in many vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds proven to offer a boost to your immune system.
In particular, researchers believe that tart cherries’ high antioxidant content may help prevent infections.
For instance, one study researched the effect of this juice on upper respiratory tract symptoms commonly experienced by marathon runners after a race.
A group of runners drank tart cherry juice in the days leading up to and immediately following a marathon race while another consumed a placebo.
50% of the runners given the placebo developed URTS following the race, whereas none of those in the tart cherry juice group did (26).
Tart cherry juice is rich in a variety of nutrients that may strengthen the immune system*.
7–10. Other Potential Benefits
Tart cherry juice may offer a variety of other health benefits.
- May protect against cancer*:Certain antioxidants found in tart cherry juice may help turn off genes involved in cancer growth. However, this hasn’t been tested directly on humans yet (27).
- Might reduce pain*:Tart cherry juice may help reduce peripheral neuropathy, a type of pain caused by nerve damage (28).
- May reduce blood pressure*:Studies show that tart cherry juice consumption may lead to modest reductions in blood pressure levels (29, 30).
- Could help you lose weight*:Tart cherry juice was observed to reduce weight, belly fat and blood cholesterol levels in mice. However, human studies are needed (31).
- Tart cherries are packed with potent antioxidants called anthocyanins that give them their deep, dark color and provide numerous health benefits. In addition to promoting cellular health in general, including heart and brain health, they also promote faster recovery of isometric strength and muscle function after exercise*. That means faster relief from the minor aches, discomfort, and stiffness that can follow everyday muscle exertion*. Enjoy all the muscle-supporting benefits of tart cherries without the calories*.
Why Freeze Drying vs. other less expensive drying methods?
Freeze drying, or Lyophilization is the most common processing method for removing moisture from biopharmaceuticals, and it can increase the stability, temperature tolerance, and shelf life of these products. Although Freeze drying is well established within the industry, it requires expensive equipment that takes up a great deal of space within a production facility. Freeze drying also can take days to complete, and manufacturers that need a powdered product must incorporate a granulation step to the process. In an environment where budgets are tightening, and where time and facility space are at a premium, Freeze drying might be a difficult option for some companies.
Freeze drying removes the water, not the flavor. So freeze dried foods retain virtually all their fresh food taste, vitamins and nutritional content. Weighs less than fresh Freeze dried foods have 98% of their water removed. This significantly reduces the food’s weight, making it easier to handle and less costly to transport.
Once freeze dried, food products have the following benefits:
Appearance – Freeze dried foods maintain their original shape and texture, unlike air dried foods which shrink and shrivel due to high temperature processing. Just add water and in minutes the food rehydrates to its original form.
Taste – Tastes as good as fresh. Freeze drying removes the water, not the flavor. So freeze dried foods retain virtually all their fresh food taste, vitamins and nutritional content.
Weight – Weighs less than fresh. Freeze dried foods have 98% of their water removed. This significantly reduces the food’s weight, making it easier to handle and less costly to transport.
Long Shelf Life – Freeze dried foods can be stored for months or years at room temperature without deterioration or spoilage.
Low Storage Costs – Because it can be stored at room temperature, freeze dried food does not require costly cold or chilled storage facilities, making it much cheaper to store.
Freeze Drying vs. Other Drying Methods:
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