Recently I came across some 100% pure black cherry juice here in cherry capital in Northern Michigan, and I am hooked! It’s been one month drinking at least 1 – 2 quarts a week and I feel the difference in my sleep which has improved vastly.
As I researched the health benefits… I see that black cherry juice has melatonin, a hormone that helps your body to rest and sleep. In addition, anthocyanins is also found in black cherries and in other rich pigmented berries…
Richly concentrated as pigments in berries, anthocyanins were the topics of research presented at a 2007 symposium on health benefits that may result from berry consumption. Laboratory-based evidence was provided to demonstrate potential health effects against:
- aging and neurological diseases
- bacterial infections
- fibrocystic disease
In vitro, anthocyanins possess MAO inhibitory activity for both MAO-A and MAO-B; MAO function is connected to neurodegenerative diseases, depression, and anxiety. The relevance to humans of anthocyanins and MAO activity requires further research, however.
Anthocyanins also fluoresce; combined with their antioxidant properties, this can be a powerful tool for plant cell research, allowing live cell imaging for extended periods of time without a requirement for other fluorophores.
|Food source||Anthocyanin content
in mg per 100 g
|Black Cherry – Cherry||350-400|
Plants rich in anthocyanins are Vaccinium species, such as blueberry, cranberry, and bilberry; Rubus berries, including black raspberry, red raspberry, and blackberry; blackcurrant, cherry, eggplant peel, black rice, Concord grape, muscadine grape, red cabbage, and violet petals.
What Are the Health Benefits of Black Cherry Juice?
Imagine the sweet delicious taste of black cherries in the form of a juice, 100% pure with no additives. Now imagine if your body could benefit from that 100% pure goodness. Native Americans having been benefiting from Mother Nature’s cherries for years and scientists have known for a while just how powerful the fruit may be to some health related conditions.
For example, if you suffer from the arthritis condition known as gout, you may find that the fruit can help relieve your pain. Cherries are known for their ability to lower uric acid levels inside of your body caused by gout. Anthocyanins, a compound found in cherries, is thought to be the cause behind the relief of gout and other types of joint pain.
Anthocyanins may also be responsible for helping to reduce migraines, lower blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. More specifically Anthocyanins may be able to lower the free radical damage that causes your body to age.
However, anthocyanins aren’t the only beneficial source found in cherries. Melatonin is a hormone that allows your body to sleep. That same hormone is also found in cherries, which may make them extremely valuable to those who suffer from insomnia or other sleep related conditions.
But, the health benefits of black cherry juice don’t stop there. Queritrin and iqueritrin are both very important compounds that may help protect against certain diseases and illnesses. When combined with the compound anthocyanin they could just be the most powerful antioxidant known.
Antioxidants are known for their role in stopping the damage caused by free radicals, which can cause us to age faster and be more susceptible to disease and illness.
So, drinking a glass a day of the wonderful fruit may help reduce many signs of aging as well as lower the risk of many health problems. Even if you don’t have time to drink your cherries, you can get the same benefits in a whole food vitamins supplement.