Why I drink tart cherry juice & juicer recommendations needed

If you read The Mini Skirt (and thank you, if you do!), you might know that I am under the weather this week.  I originally planned to do a food related post, but well, the thought kind of turned my stomach today.  I’ve been drinking juice like a madwoman though, and I remembered that I owed you a little more info about tart cherry juice.

(Totally unrelated but my juicer broke a year or so ago, and I am in the market for a new one.  Any reasonably priced recommendations?)

Before I get into why I started drinking it, let me tell you how I drink it.  Because of the obviously bitter flavor, it isn’t for everyone, and well, the taste isn’t my favorite thing in the world either.  I actually dilute it by adding it to a cold glass of plain sparkling water (usually La Croix) or pour some into my Vitamix before I blend up a smoothie.  I find that the sweetness of the fruit in my smoothies or even cacao powder kind of balances out the tartness. If you’re a fan of the taste, by all means, drink it straight up!

The benefits of drinking tart cherry juice

After reading about the anti-inflammatory properties of tart cherry juice, I decided to add it to my diet as another means of controlling my rheumatoid arthritis (RA).  After reading up about it a little bit more, I learned that it can be beneficial to many people:

  • Great for athletes (especially runners) because it can alleviate the pain that often kicks in after a hard workout or running a race.
  • Helps to relieve joint pain in those suffering with osteoarthritis.
  • Can aid those dealing with insomnia, as it naturally contains melatonin.
  • May help to prevent certain types of cancer and heart disease.
  • Rich in antioxidants.
  • Helps to reduce weight and control belly fat.
  • Can prevent gout flare-ups.

I have been picking up my tart cherry juice from Trader Joe’s, but I have also ordered it from Vitacost in the past which is what I would recommend to newbies because you can order smaller serving bottles.

To see any continual side effects, you’ll want to drink about 1 cup per day.

Let me know if you drink tart cherry juice, what you think of the taste, and if you have noticed any benefits from it.

Talk to you soon!
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4 Comments

  1. I learned something new today and the benefits make sense to me too. I make sure to get my antioxodents in every day, especially in eating berries. Gut health is important to me too. I am not a tart fan, so I would have to dilute or blend as well. I have a family member that drinks a glass of cranberry juice every day. It is good to have these practices that help in maintaining a healthy being and lifestyle. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 Happy Day – Enjoy and Drink Up!

  2. Can you tell me how this is different from Apple Cider Vinegar? I’ve been drinking that everyday, but it this would be better, I’m in.

    Lisa

    • Sure! If you’re most interested in anti-inflammatory benefits, I would go with the cherry juice, as there has been more research to prove that it can help. If you are interested in detox properties, I’d stick with the ACV. They do have some similar benefits though, so if you prefer the taste of the cherry juice, I definitely recommend it. To me, it is the lesser of two evils. LOL.

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