[caption id="attachment_939" align="alignleft" width="125"] Cherry Juice[/caption] What is tart cherry juice? What are the health benefits of tart cherry juice? How is it made? Those are three questions we receive from individuals interested in learning more about the red drink. I would like to fully answer each of the three questions in great detail. The goal of this post is provide consumers with detailed information so they can make the best choice when purchasing cherry juice. What is Tart Cherry Juice? Cherry juice is an antioxidant-packed drink enjoyed by countless individuals looking to enjoy its natural health benefits. It takes the juice of approximately 100 cherries to make just one ounce of the Fruit Advantage Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate. This means it is a highly concentrated drink and best of all each serving only contains about 15 grams of naturally occurring sugar. You can mix it with any number of other liquids including water, soda and even mix it with chardonnay wine for a unique glass of wine with dinner or relaxing.. What are the Health Benefits of Tart Cherry Juice? The benefits offered by enjoying a glass include:
It’s ability to maintain healthy joint function
It’s ability to maintain healthy sleep patterns
It’s ability to help with sore muscles
In addition to the great taste, this fruit is it is packed full of powerful antioxidants the help to maintain a healthy body. In fact, this Michigan-grown fruit is one of the top sources of melatonin. It also delivers a healthy dose of anthocyanins, potassium and other compounds. Due to the presence of all of these antioxidants, it’s an excellent way to fight free radicals and keep the body healthy. So let’s take a closer look at the three health benefits included above: #1: Healthy Joints Numerous Universities have conducted research on the joint pain fighting ability of the tart cherry and cherry juice. While no compound is entirely credited for fight joint pain, one ingredient is said to be leading the charge and that is the presence of anthocyanins. This is a powerful antioxidant that offers anti-inflammatory benefits unlike others fruits and vegetables. #2: Better Night’s Sleep To date, no other fruit or vegetable has been discovered that offers more naturally occurring melatonin then the tart cherry. One serving (1 ounce) of tart cherry juice concentrate delivers approximately 100ng of melatonin. #3: Relieve Sore Muscles Research suggests simply drinking some of the juice before and after a workout, may help to reduce exercise induced muscle soreness and pain. This is great anyone from professional athletes, weekend warriors and anyone looking to ease muscle soreness from physical activity. How is it made? Tart cherry juice is made from mixing one ounce of tart cherry juice concentrate with seven ounces of water. This makes a 100% pure glass of tart cherry juice. The concentrate is made from the following process. Basically the concentration process starts with the selection of the premium cherries to make the tart cherry juice concentrate. The fruit then enters the extraction machine and once the juice is removed it is flashed-pasteurized. This purpose of this step is the rid the juice from any harmful contaminates. After the flashed-pasteurization step excess water is then removed leaving only the concentrate. Check out this video to see how the cherries go from the orchards to the manufacturing step: Here is a link to the tart cherry juice page to learn more about the different ways to purchase.