About Tart Cherry Juice Benefits

This ruby red drink offers a number of natural health benefits including maintaining healthy joint function, health sleep patterns and more.

If you ever wondered if a natural product can actually help with joint health, you have found the right place to learn more about tart cherries and a tasty, fruity drink produced from this Michigan-grown fruit. So let’s get started with the basics.

Cherry Juice 101

Did you know it takes the juice of approximately 100 cherries to make just one ounce of the concentrate. The concentrate is the first step in making the popular juice. It’s very simple to make a drink of juice from the concentrate. This is called reconstitution. You would mix in one ounce of the concentrate with seven ounces of water to make an eight ounce glass. The reason for this ratio is this is the ratio as defined by the United States government to make a 100% pure drink.


The majority of the cherries grown in the U.S. are grown along the 45th parallel. This is the same latitude at the world famous grape growing regions of France. The reason this parallel is so favorable to the growing the agricultural is a combination of the patterns of the wind and distance from the equator and the North Pole. The top growing States are Washington, Utah, New York, Wisconsin and Michigan. In fact, Michigan grows over 60% of all of the tart cherries in the United States. While cherries do grown in other areas, these are top commercial producing areas of North America.

Nutritional Information

When comparing the liquid with the fresh fruit, you will notice a difference. One cup of the juice delivers about 80 calories, 0 fat, 0 transfat, 15 mg sodium, 200 mg of potassium, 19 g of carbs, 15 g of natural sugar (also called fructose) and 2% daily value of Calcium. In addition, it provides about 2% of DRV of iron. The fresh fruit also delivers 0 fat , 0 transfat, low in calories and carbs and most importantly low in natural sugar too. So in a nutshell, whether it’s the fresh fruit or the juice, the cherry is a very good choice from a nutrition standpoint.

Health Benefits

In addition to the nutritional benefits, the health benefit is where the power of the this tiny tree fruit is shown. According to cherry industry experts, all of the compounds and antioxidants work together in a synergistic way to offer several natural health benefits. These include soothing sore muscles due to physical exercise, maintaining healthy joint function and providing for a good night’s sleep.

Here is a breakdown of some of the published information for each of the above health benefits available from drinking cherry juice.

he June 2009 issue of the "Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports" published research on how cherry juice helped with muscle soreness for marathon runners. During the study, 20 runners were divided into two groups and each group was given instructions to drink the liquid the researchers placed in front of them for five day prior to and for two days after a long distance marathon run. The first group drank 100% pure cherry juice, while the second drank a placebo. This how drink the cherry juice, reports significantly less pain and soreness.

The June 2010 issue of "Journal of Medicinal Food" quoted randomized, double-blind study conducted on older adults who were looking for ways to get a more restful night’s sleep. The findings of the study shown that tart cherry has the ability to promote healthy sleep and the presence of melatonin was probably the reason for its beneficial sleep promoting ability.

The October 2006 issue of the "Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology" included a study conducted by researchers in the benefits of anthocyanins, present in cherries and tart cherry juice. The research was conducted Sprague-Dawley rats. The subjects were given anthocyanins and those receiving the anthocyanins experienced health joint function and less inflammation.

Get More Water in Your Diet

One of the less well-known benefits of drinking cherry juice is hydration. When making a glass of this fruit red drink, you mix one ounce of the concentrate with seven ounces of water. This is a great way to get more water into your body on a regular basis.



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