Cherry Juice for Sleep

Cherry Juice and Sleep With today’s hectic schedule of increasing daily demands including work, family and increasing use of technology closer to bedtime just getting through the day, many are getting the sleep they require. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) nearly 1/3 of the population of the United States do not get enough sleep. This translates into over 50 million American not getting restful and regular sleep on the regular basis. So by combining a popular natural remedy and a change in daily routine will help you to enjoy a more restful night’s sleep. This first part of this article to so share how tart cherry juice helps with sleep, while the second part shares some insight on making simply daily changes to your routine. How Important is Sleep to Health? Sleep is vital to good health and depending on the amount of sleep we get has a direct impact on the quality of life and health. Nearly everyone struggles with getting adequate sleep once in a while. So don’t feel like you the only one having trouble getting enough sleep daily. It’s during these times it makes to be looking for natural ways to get more sleep. However, that doesn’t mean you should stop following a good sleep routine. One increasing popular natural remedy is tart cherry juice for sleep. A recently published study in the European Journal of Medicine indicated that tart cherry juice improve sleep quality and reduced the need to daytime cat naps. The research team found that those in the study that drink 1 oz. of tart cherry juice daily enjoyed better sleep quality and an additional 39 minutes of sleep time. This means they stayed asleep long and had a more restful night’s sleep. The study was conducted over a seven day period with 20 participants. During the study, the participants were divided into two groups. The first group was asked to drink a glass of tart cherry juice before bed, while the second group drank a placebo. They researchers found that the group that drank the cherry juice enjoyed better sleep over the other group. The team found also found that the group who drank the cherry juice took less naps and had increased amount of melatonin their body compared to the placebo. So the next time you’re look for a natural way to get more sleep try...
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Cherry Juice for Muscles

Can Cherry Juice Relieve Muscle Soreness Naturally? The juice of the Michigan Montmorency-grown tart cherry has recently been adding legions of followers and supports from all walks of life including weekend warriors, professional athletes and the public in general. The reason is due to its naturally compounds that helps to fight inflammation. Recently published research indicates tart cherry juice is fast becoming the first choice to combat inflammation and pain. Long distance runners, among other groups, have really been drawn to the tart cherry juice for its ability to increase performance, shorten recovery time and relief muscle soreness. The reason runners, especially long distance runners have shown interest in the cherry juice is as the individuals continues to add miles on an ever changing terrain the probably of muscle damages increases. From the runners and trainers I have talked with have told me is muscle damage is caused by extremely small tears called micro-tears. These tears occur in the muscle fiber and can cause the body to become inflamed. This inflammation leads to muscle soreness, fatigue, reduced strength and increases recovery time. The Science of Cherry Juice Studies conducted by some of the largest research facilities in the United States have indicated that the consumption of cherry juice has a positive effect on inflammation markers and oxidative stress. In addition, the cherry juice also offers other positive benefits to the runners and anyone else the enjoys a glass of the tangy red super fruit daily. The initial studies on the consumption of tart cherries, about dozen per day, indicated reduced amount of inflammatory markers. This is great news for those looking to relieve muscle soreness. This discovery lead to additional research in which the participants consumed tart cherry juice pre and post workout. One study had some of the participants drink either tart cherry juice or a placebo twice a day for four days prior to and four days after an scheduled exercise event. Those in the cherry juice group also drank the cherry liquid the day they exercised, too. As you can image, the researcher keep detailed records of the range of motion, tenderness of the muscles and pain level before and after the scheduled exercise. What is interesting with the results is the range of motion and muscle tenderness of the cherry juice group and the placebo group did change from the number before the study, but...
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Benefits of Cherry Juice

As more and people learn about the benefits of cherry juice, how many of these benefits really backed by scientific research? That’s a great question and one that I will answer is this post. First of all, the tart cherry and cherry juice isn’t in the top ten superfoods but they are a super fruit. What does this mean? For a fruit to be called a “super fruit” it must offer natural health benefits to the individual consuming the fruit. In the case of the cherry, the benefits of the cherry juice also applies. So let’s take a closer looks that this Michigan grown super fruit called the tart cherry and the juice it produces. Since the fresh fruit is only available for a few short months during the summer harvest season, it makes more sense to talk about the year round available of the cherry juice. The reason is according to published research by cherry industry experts, the cherry juice has 10 times more melatonin per serving that simply eating the fresh fruit. This can be explained because, just like the human body, cherries are mostly made of water. This mean much of the weight of the fruit is due to water weight. So when the fresh cherry is process into cherry juice, it takes the juice of 100 cherries to make just one ounce of the cherry juice. So you’re when comparing the fresh fruit to the benefits of the cherry juice, you’ll be getting more overall antioxidants drinking the juice than consuming the fresh fruit. Combating Belly Fat with Tart Cherry Juice Researchers from leading research universities have discovered that tart cherries offer significant weight management benefits in animal studies. One such study showed that rats who enjoyed a high-fat diet mixed with tart cherry powder didn’t gain as much weight or build up as much fast as the non-cherry eating group. In addition, blood samples also showed lower levels of specific markers linked to unhealthy heart issues. Reducing Muscle Soreness Due to Physical Exercise If you’re searching for a healthy way to combat post muscle soreness, cherries may be the answer. Published research studies show that drinking cherry juice pre-workout and post workout can help reduce inflammation and soreness. Even if you find yourself sore from simply walking down a flight of stairs, due to inflammation, cherries may help reduce the pain in your muscles...
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Cherry Juice for Joint Pain

This ruby red Michigan grown super fruit has gained a lot of attention for its ability to maintain healthy joint function. In fact, getting the benefits of cherry juice is as easy as drinking a glass daily. Recently published research does provide evidence and suggests the naturally occurring compounds can assist with joints. In addition, several other studies also show that eating the fresh cherries also provides the same benefits as drinking the juice. Both the cherry juice and the fresh cherries contain much of the same compounds and antioxidants, however, you would have to eat many times more of the fresh fruit to get the same benefits of the drinking the cherry juice. The reason is it takes the juice of approximately 100 cherries to make just one ounce of the tart cherry juice concentrate. In addition, the cherry juice is available year-round and because the fresh fruit is very perishable it is only available a few short weeks during the summer months.  So let’s take a closer look at the benefit of cherry juice. What Makes the Cherry and Cherry Juice So Special? The tart cherry has a number of different phytochemicals, nutrients and antioxidants. According to Dr. Russell Rieter, PHD and researcher at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, “…There’s a tremendous body of evidence suggesting that cherries are one of the most nutritious fruits you can eat. Tart cherries not only contain significant levels of antioxidants, but they provide a unique combination of antioxidant compounds that are not found in other fruits…” In addition, it’s the unique makeup and combination of all of the compounds working together in a synergistic way that provides the joint pain fighting benefits of cherry juice, rather than a single compound.  However, to better understand how they work together we need a basic understanding of what each of these individual compounds are and the benefits they bring individually. Individual Compounds in Cherry Juice One of the most popular compounds in the cherry juice is anthocyanins. The anthocyanins are responsible for actually giving the fruit its unique color. To date, over 350 different types of this compound has been discovered in Mother Nature. Basically any fruit that has color has the presence of anthocyanins. However, it’s the unique type of anthocyanins that gives it joint health benefits. It’s the specific type of anthocyanins that make is different...
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