Cherries are the smallest members of the stone fruit family, which include plums, apricots, nectarines, and peaches. Cherries are typically classified as either sweet or tart. The Tart Cherry is closely related to the sweet cherry, but has a fruit that is more acidic and higher in nutritional benefits. Generally, tart cherries have been found to have higher concentrations of phenolics and anthocyanins than sweet cherries. Tart cherries are also slightly lower in sugar.
The naturally occurring nutritional and medicinal value that tart cherries possess ranks above that of most other fruits. Regular consumption of them is extremely beneficial to an individual’s health and wellness.
Tart cherries contain phenolics, naturally-occurring plant compounds that have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant effects. The main type of phenolic in cherries is called anthocyanins.
Medicinally, sour cherries (tart cherries) may be useful in alleviating sleep problems due to its high melatonin content, a compound critical in regulating the sleep-wake cycle in humans.
The effects of tart cherry juice consumption were tested in a double-blind, randomized trial of runners participating in a 24-hour relay race. Runners drank two 355 milliliter beverages containing either tart cherry juice or a placebo beverage daily for one week prior to the race and during the race. (Two 355 mL bottles of tart cherry juice daily provides at least 80 mg anthocyanins which is the equivalent of 90 to 100 cherries.)32
Both groups reported pain after the race. But the runners who drank tart cherry juice experienced a substantially smaller pain increase after the race.32
This natural protection against acute muscle soreness suggested that tart cherries must be providing some defense against muscle damage.
To confirm this, scientists conducted a controlled trial on indices of muscle recovery. Participants were given either tart cherry juice or a control drink for five days before, on the day of, and for two days after a marathon race.
Runners in the tart cherry group had significantly lower inflammation biomarkers (Interleukin-6 and C-reactive protein) compared to the placebo group. The tart cherry group also recovered isometric strength faster than the control runners, demonstrating an accelerated recovery following strenuous exercise.33
Some possible traditional uses of Raw Freeze Dried Tart Cherry Powder may include:
● Reducing uric acid & gout50
● Protecting against muscle damage, soreness, & pain
● Packed with unique anthocyanins
● Accelerating recovery following strenuous exercise
● Reducing pain
● Blocking COX-1 & COX-2 enzymes which can cause pain & inflammation
● Improving sleep
● Reducing inflammation44
● Possessing neurodegenerative disease defense
● Reducing cytokines thereby reducing the likelihood of some degenerative diseases54,55,56
This powder tends to clump. If clumping occurs, lay the bag on a flat surface and place a towel over the bag. Then pound on the bag until the clumps break up. The towel will help protect the bag from damage.
Mix 1 teaspoon (2.5 grams) with juice, yogurt or add to your favorite smoothie. We recommend refrigerating this product to maintain freshness.
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Organic Freeze Dried Tart Cherries, Silicon Dioxide.*
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