- 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... More Info
Our Freeze Dried Tart Cherry Powder contains phenolic, naturally occurring plant compounds that may support a healthy inflammation response. The main type of phenolic in cherries is called anthocyanins. In a comprehensive phytonutrient profile that was done comparing cherries, strawberries, grapes, and apples the results for cherries were quite impressive. In all areas of phytonutrients (anthocyanins, flavanols, flavonols, other polyphenols, and natural compounds) cherries had them all, while the other fruits came up short in 3 or more individual compounds. This alone makes cherries superior food.
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.
Medicinally, sour cherries (tart cherries) may be useful in supporting healthy sleep patterns due to its high melatonin content, a compound critical in regulating the sleep-wake cycle in humans. It is the highest known food source of melatonin.
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 are 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. 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
In an 8 week study in 2007 using tart cherry extract capsules to support pain levels in people with osteoarthritis, more than 50% of the people in the study saw a significant reduction in pain levels. This study was done with the product under the trade name cherryflex which is a dried whole cherry put into a capsule (just like ours minus the capsule).
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.
Some possible traditional uses of Raw Freeze-Dried Tart Cherry Powder may include:
- Possibly reduces uric acid & gout
- Possibly protects against muscle damage, soreness, and pain
- Source of anthocyanins
- May support healthy levels of recovery following strenuous exercise
- May support a healthy pain response
- May support healthy levels of COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes
- May support healthy sleep patterns due to naturally high melatonin content
- May support a healthy inflammation response
- May support a healthy nervous system
- Possibly reduces cytokines, which may decrease the risk of some degenerative diseases
Constituents of Tart herries include:
- Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese,
- Vitamins: Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B-6, Folate, Choline, Vitamin A (RAE), Beta carotene, Vitamin A (IU), Lutein & Zeaxanthin, Vitamin E (Alpha), Vitamin K
- Anthocyanidins: Peonidin, Cyanidin
- Flavan-3-ols: Catechin, Epicatechin
- Flavonols: Kaempferol, Quercetin, Isorhamnetin
This product is 100% natural and minimally processed. Taste, smell, texture, and color may vary from batch to batch. Due to its nature, 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. To further reduce clumping push as much air out as possible before sealing the pouch and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Suggested Use: Mix 1 tablespoon with juice, yogurt or add to your favorite smoothie. We recommend refrigerating this product to maintain freshness.
Mixing Suggestions: To increase flavor and nutritional profile combine with our organic extra rich cacao powder.
Botanical Name: Prunus cerasus.
Other Names: sour cherry, wild cherry, pie cherry, tart cherry juice, Montmorency cherry, balaton cherry
Parts Used: Whole Cherry (No Seed).
Ingredients: Organic Freeze-Dried Tart Cherries, Silicon Dioxide.*
*This product contains a small amount of silicon dioxide which acts as a drying agent and is necessary to keep this powder from clumping into hard chunks or one solid brick.
Origin: Grown and freeze-dried in USA. Packaged with care in Florida, USA.
How to Maintain Optimum Freshness:
- This product is packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness.
- Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency.
- We recommend refrigerating your Raw Freeze-Dried Tart Cherry Powder to maintain freshness.
- This product is natural and minimally processed.
- Taste, smell, texture, and color may vary from batch to batch. Go here to learn why our products may naturally vary.
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