Black cherry juice has been recognized for centuries as having many health benefits. Its sweet taste combined with the nutrients make drinking this juice a fabulous choice for body and mind. Whether fresh, dried, or in juice form, cherries provide the consumer with the antioxidant power to fight off joint pain, arthritis, and prevent some cancers.
There are over a thousand different varieties of cherries. Popular varieties include maraschino, mascara, black, Bing, Rainer, Vans, Lambert, Brooks, Utah, Lapins, and Montmorency. All cherries can be subdivided into two categories: sour and sweet. The most popular variety is the Bing cherry.
Black cherries (and all cherries) are considered low caloric. There are 100 calories and 3 grams of fiber in one cup of cherries. Cherries are also a great source of potassium and vitamin C. The antioxidant power of cherries comes from the high amount of flavonoids and anthocyanins.
All cherries contain both isoqueritrin and queritrin. Queritrin is a powerful antioxidant which helps promote blood circulation and joint health. Cherry juice, including black cherry juice, has been used to help relieve the pain of arthritis and gout. It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and allows the body to heal itself.
The anthocyanins provide the pigment that gives the black cherry and all other varieties vibrant color. These chemicals work with the antioxidants as an anti-inflammatory and reduce the amount of urate in the blood. This reduction in urate level can help alleviate the symptoms of gout, a type of arthritis caused by the buildup of urates, or uric acid, in the joints. The Anthocyanins have also been studied as a way of preventing several cancers including colon cancer, as well as decreasing the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
Black cherry juice can be purchased at vitamin supplement outlets and health food stores around the country. It is usually purchased in bottles as concentrate. There have not been conclusive studies done about the correct dosage, but recommendations from individual brands should be followed. The same health benefits from black cherry juice can also be obtained during the summer months by eating fresh-from-the-garden, frozen, or dried black cherries—as well as most varieties of cherries—year round.