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!
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.