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What are the Health Benefits of Tart Cherry Juice?

What are the Health Benefits of Tart Cherry Juice?

Did you know tart cherry juice is packed full amazing antioxidants and nutrients? That’s right, every time you enjoy a 100% glass of USA-grown, Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice from Traverse Bay Farms, you’ll be providing your mind and body a whole host of natural health benefits.

  1. What is Tart Cherry Juice?

Tart cherry juice is most commonly made from the Montmorency tart cherry. The official scientific name for this variety of cherry is Prunus cerasus.

Tart cherry juice concentrateThis type of cherry is also referred to as the sour, red or pie cherry. Tart cherries, also called, red or sour cherries, are just one variety of cherry. Their hundreds of varieties of cherries including morello, balaton and rainier.  While all of these varieties exist, it the unique make up of how all of the naturally occurring phytochemicals work naturally together, is what makes the Montmorency cherry so special.

It takes the juice of 100 cherries to make just one ounce of this tasty fruit drink. It is a supercharged way to get the benefits of this tasty, Michigan-grown fruit.  

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  1. Where are Tart Cherries Grow?

Tart Cherries, specifically the Montmorency type, are grown in the Traverse Bay Farms region of Michigan. This area of Michigan is rich in family farms and over 70% of all of the tart cherries in the United States come from the Traverse Bay Farms region of Michigan. 

  1. What Makes the Traverse Bay Farms Region So Special for Tart Cherries?

The reason this area of Michigan produces so many tart cherries is the favorable climate and soil. This region is located on the 45th Parallel. This means it is located half-way between the Equator and the North Pole.

The 45th Parallel is often called the Goldilocks’ Scenario because the temperature are not too hot nor too cold. Some of the best fruits and vegetables on the globe are grown along the 45th Parallel. Washington Apples, New York Grapes and the famous grapes of France are all located along the 45th Parallel. 

In addition, to the temperature of the region, the sandy soil is another reason for the overwhelming success of the area, too. The sandy soil allows the water to drain from the orchards.

  1. Tart Cherry Juice for Sleep

Tart cherries rank among the top foods with naturally occurring melatonin. Melatonin is a natural hormone produced in the brain. Melatonin helps to regulate your sleep cycles.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 164 million or 68 percent of Americans have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep during the night. Thus, any natural remedy that can assist millions of American’s to enjoy a healthy night’s sleep will be high in the priority list for sleep sufferers. 

Tart Cherries and MelatoninIn addition, to being a natural source of melatonin, tart cherries also contact tryptophan. Published research suggests the bioavailability for serotonin. Serotonin contributes to the feelings of well-being and happiness. Finally, studies in which participates drank tart cherry juice daily enjoy longer and more restful sleep.

One published study suggested 1 ounce (two tablespoons) mixed with 7 ounces of water to make an eight ounce glass of cherry juice to enjoy a health night’s sleep.

Cherry juice concentrate contains about 100ng’s of melatonin, while tart cherry powder contains approximately 137ng’s. Regarding these amounts, it is important to note these are naturally occurring levels of melatonin and not synthetic or from a man-made source. This means those looking to enjoy a more restful night’s sleep, consider adding some cherry juice

  1. Tart Cherry Juice for Arthritis*

Tart Cherry Juice offers a number of different health benefits for joint health. The naturally occurring phytochemicals and flavonoids pack a powerful punch for joint health. Research suggest these powerful compounds help to protect the joint against inflammation due to physical exercise and other issues.

In addition, the presence of anthocyanins helps the body to maintain healthy levels of uric acid naturally. Increase levels of uric acid may form crystals and the body.

Published research suggests drinking tart cherry juice daily may enjoy for joint health and the benefits of tart cherry juice may offer excellent joint supporting benefits when compared to other foods.

  1. How Much Tart Cherry Juice to Drink?

Enjoying 1 ounce (two tablespoons) mixed with 7 ounces of water to make an eight ounce is the most common way to get health benefits of tart cherry juice. Do you know, it takes the juice of approximately 100 cherries to make just one ounce of the Fruit Advantage Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate? So adding some tart cherry juice concentrate to some water is an ideal way to drink tart cherry juice.

  1. Tart Cherry Juice Side Effects

Like drinking too much fruit juice, drinking too much tart cherry juice may give you an upset stomach. In addition, consider the amount of sugar in each glass, too. Each glass of the Fruit Advantage Tart Cherry Juice contains 15mg of naturally occurring sugar. If you watching your sugar intake, consider taking the cherry capsules since they contain less than 1 gram of sugar per serving.

  1. Where to Buy Tart Cherry Juice

The best place to buy tart cherry juice is from provides in the heart of cherry country. Traverse Bay Farms is located in Northern Michigan and in the heart of cherry country. Also, when buy cherry juice, check the label to find out if the cherries used to make the used are grown in the USA. Many companies selling cherry juice and cherry products online import their cherries from China, Turkey or Poland. Our Fruit Advantage Tart Cherry Juice is made with Michigan-grown, Montmorency tart cherries.

  1. Tart Cherry Juice Capsules

While drinking tart cherry juice is more popular, tart cherry capsules are fast becoming a popular way to enjoy the health benefits of this ruby-red fruit. Our tart cherry capsules are made in the USA and include the skin, the pulp and the juice of the whole fruit. In other words, when taking the tart cherry capsules, you are enjoying the whole tart cherry.


  1. How Many ORAC Units are in a Glass of Tart Cherry Juice?

ORAC is defined as Oxygen Radical Absorption Capability. This is a way to score or rank foods on how many free radicals a food can absorb. This ranking food ranking system was created by food scientists as a way to measure how many antioxidants are present in a food. In addition, it provides a way for the researchers to rank how powerful different foods are in fighting free radicals. Basically, high ORAC foods help to neutralize free radicals in the body.

According published research from Brunswick and the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) below are the levels of ORAC units found in tart cherry juice concentrate.

Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate – 12000 ORAC Units  

Click Here - Learn more about Tart Cherries and ORAC in our Tart Cherry Health Report