Nutrition Spotlight: Tart Cherry Juice

One of my favorite drinks is Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice. I’ve been drinking it for years and it’s a staple in my diet, especially during marathon training! Tart cherries are said to have anti-inflammatory properties, which make tart cherry juice a great drink for post-run (and post-hike!) recovery.

Tart cherries contain beneficial nutrients such as:

Anthocyanins

These are plant colorants that are responsible for the red, purple, and blue colors found in many fruits, vegetables, cereal grains, and flowers. Studies show that anthocyanins protect against liver injuries; reduce blood pressure; improve eyesight; contain anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties; and stop of spread of human cancer cells.1

Phenolic Acids

These are a type of phytochemical called a polyphenol. Phenolic acids are easily absorbed through the walls of your intestines, and may be beneficial to your health. They work as antioxidants that prevent cellular damage from free-radical oxidation reactions. They also may act as an anti-inflammatory when consumed regularly. 2

Flavanols and Flavonols

Studies show that consumption of foods containing these compounds may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. 3

Check out Cheribundi the next time you are the grocery store. My favorite way to drink it is in my Tart Cherry Blast Recovery Protein Smoothie!

Sources

  1. Konczak I, Zhang W. Anthocyanins—More Than Nature’s Colours. Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. 2004;2004(5):239-240. doi:10.1155/S1110724304407013.
  2. Liu RH. “Potential synergy of phytochemicals in cancer prevention: mechanism of action.” J Nutr. 2004 Dec;134(12 Suppl):3479S-3485S.
  3. Erdman J, et. al. Effects of cocoa flavanols on risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Asia Pc J Clin Nutr. 2008. 17(S1):284-28.

Disclaimer: I was sent tart cherry juice for review on this blog–all opinions and views on the topic are my own. I don’t post about a product unless scientific evidence backs up their health claims.

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