Whether bitter or sweet, Cherry Festival is bound to leave some sort of taste in your mouth.
On the one hand, there is [insert your personal inconvenience here.]
On the other – if your glass is half full, that is – there’s cherries.
Maybe it’s just because we all live here, but it’s time we woke up to what the world already knows: Cherries, especially in tart juice form, are mini-antioxidant bombs.
Drinking only a half-cup of tart cherry juice a day is an incredibly efficient way to get your daily ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) dose.
Antioxidant strength measures how many oxygen radicals (or cell killers) a certain food can eliminate. Tart cherry juice outmeasures both Concord grape and pomegranate juice – both powerhouses in their own right – by 600 units.
Myriad studies on tart cherry juice benefits show it:
• Fights cancer and disease by preventing/repairing free radical damage done to cells.
• Contains queritrin – a flavonoid – and ellagic acid, both of which are two of the most potent anticancer agents.
• Helps relieve arthritis/gout pain through two powerful compounds, anthocyanins and bioflavonoids.
• Eliminates oxidative stress and prevents premature aging through its isoqueritrin and queritrin flavonoids.
• Helps reduce muscle inflammation, including that which causes migraines.
• Improves sleep quality through melatonin, which is also rich in cherries.
Although old habits can be tough to break, try cracking open a different sort of red today and give your hardworking cells some lovin’. (God knows they need it after a week of forced family fun and Gibby fries.)