A friend and I were exchanging stories about our continuous back and neck discomfort. I shared much of my discomfort was alleviated by stretching 10-15 minutes several times daily. She mentioned her family friend swore by tart cherry juice for aches and pains. My friend actually gave it a try and thought it worked to relieve her stiff neck symptoms within 24 hours. I was slow to move as I wanted to research benefits and side effects before taking the bait.
5 Benefits of Tart Cherry Juice
Tart cherries have a range of health benefits as they are considered a superfood. It is believed that an entire snack of tart cherries would have to be eaten to equate to sipping on the juice. You get the most bang for your buck with the juice. “Tart cherry juice contains just 137 calories per 1-cup serving, and it is beneficial for cancer prevention, heart health, as an anti-inflammatory agent and offers protection against a host of other conditions” such as:
- Reduces belly fat
- Combat post workout soreness and inflammation
- Decreases osteoarthritis inflammation
- May regulate blood sugar, lower blood pressure and cholesterol
- Reduce the risk of heart disease, gout, cancer plus more
In a study done on women from ages 40 to 70 with inflammatory osteoarthritis, research showed those who drank tart cherry juice twice daily for weeks had significant decrease in inflammation.
My Tart Cherry Experience
The internet had a lot of good information about tart cherries & tart cherry juice. However, I didn’t find anything negative, which is a good thing. So, I took the bait. I picked up some Tart Cherry Juice (Organic NonGMO) from the grocery store. I’ve been treating myself to a glass once daily for about a week. I’m definitely seeing a difference in pain and discomfort. I was drinking my dose each morning but now that I’ve learned it helps with sleep, I will now drink it around dinner time. Dr. Oz suggests drinking it at least 3 hours before bedtime.
Tart Cherry Benefits, The Disclaimer
I’m not a doctor or expert. I’m just a girl on a mission to find relief for this continuous discomfort caused by my car accident in 2006. If you have concerns or may be allergic, please speak with your family physician. Your mileage may vary so implement this at your own risk. Tart cherry benefits vary from person to person.