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 from the other 349 currently known. According to research conducted by the Michigan State University, eating just 20 tart cherries may help to maintain healthy joint function. So if eating just 20 fresh cherries can do, just image the joint health benefits of cherry juice you’ll receive when you drink a glass daily. Remember, it takes about 100 cherries to make just one ounce of the tart cherry juice concentrate. You would then take the one ounce of the concentrated cherry juice and mix it with seven ounces of water to make a tasty eight ounce glass of cherry juice.

In addition, to the anthocyanins, cherry juice and tart cherries are a natural source of Vitamin A, C and E, as well as melatonin, potassium and other powerful flavonoids for a healthy lifestyle and healthy joints.  As mentioned, according to published research on the tart cherries and cherry juice, it is the believe of cherry industry experts and some food scientists that the joint health benefits are a result of all of these compounds work synergistically together. It’s the tiny red fruit in its entirety and working synergistically together, no by one of the compounds that help to relieve physical related joint pain issues naturally.

Another benefit of cherry juice is you are also drinking at least seven ounces of water per glass. By adding this additional water to your daily diet you could be helping your joints even more. Arthritis and joint stiffness is a result of not having enough cushion between the joints and water can help. Water helps with lubrication and when the joints move, water is pulled from the marrow into the joint cavity. If your body is lacking sufficient water, your joints may not be getting what they need to keep the joints hydrated and smoothly functioning. As your daily water intakes increases so do the amount retained in your body to help it function smoothly and continuously lubricated.

Lack of vital lubrication or severe hydration may cause the cartilage to “dry out” and this may lead to severe joint pain issues.

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