My collective family goes through about 30 gallons of cherry juice a week. Well almost. . . . My wife, daughter and granddaughters have tart cherry juice (organic, pure) for every meal and often in between. There is never a need to ask Eve or Elin “what would you like to drink.” The answer is an enthusiastic “CHERRY JUICE!”
Donna drinks hers with sparkling water. Lauren often straight up. And the girls – usually half and half – with water. I have become a cherry juice devotee — having my cherry juice “neat.”
Cherry juice is loaded with antioxidants. It is more than just “healthy.” Tart cherry juice is an anti-inflammatory. A 2012 study showed that people who drank cherry juice twice a day for 21 days experienced a reduction of the pain normally felt from osteoarthritis. A Louisiana State University study found that those who drank tart cherry juice twice a day had 84 minutes more sleep than those who did not (or drank a placebo). Cherry juice is rich in melatonin (the sleep hormone) and tryptophan (the amino acid which creates more melatonin). Livestrong.com suggests that cherry juice fights heart disease, offers cancer protection and protects against muscle damage.
When we buy tart cherry juice, its usually Knudsen’s or Lakewood. And it’s always organic. It’s a natural remedy with literally no downside — and only upside potential. I still like the occasional glass of red wine. Or two. But I am now on the cherry juice bandwagon. Giddyap!