Tart Cherry Juice: An effective new remedy for sleep, pain, even your heart

Exciting new studies have recently come out about the effectiveness of tart cherry juice as a remedy for a number of health issues. Dr. Oz is even talking about “nature’s ultimate antioxidant,” its anti-inflammatory properties, its ability to help fight heart disease by balancing cholesterol levels and aid in sleep as a natural source of melatonin.

Tart cherry juice is made by juicing Montmorency cherries, which contain high amounts of antioxidants, vitamin c, potassium, magnesium, iron and folate, along with melatonin. This last ingredient is the key to an important new study that was recently published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A team of researchers in the UK found that tart cherry juice from Montmorency cherries allowed participants to sleep longer and improved their quality of sleep. They divided 20 volunteers into two groups, one of which was given tart cherry juice to drink morning and evening; the other group received a placebo. The juice-drinking group saw a 5-6 percent increase in quality of sleep, and slept an average of 34 minutes longer each night. Researchers attribute this to the natural melatonin that exists in the tart cherry juice.

Another recent study analyzed the effects of tart cherry juice on a group of arthritis patients. Participants were given tart cherry juice or a placebo for a six-week period. The results showed that patients who drank two 8 ounce servings of tart cherry juice each day for six weeks had significantly decreased markers for inflammation, reported less pain and had lower WOMAC scores, which assess pain, joint stiffness, physical, social and emotional function of patients with osteoarthritis.

Ready to try this superfruit? Pharmaca now carries Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice, available in a number of interesting (and tasty!) flavors. Find it in the cooler case at your local Pharmaca.

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