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What are the benefits of tart cherry juice?

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Drinking tart cherry juice may help fight belly fat, reduce muscle inflammation, alleviate osteoarthritis pain, minimize the risks of developing gout, decrease stroke risks and improve sleep quality. Tart cherries and tart cherry juice contain significant levels of anthocyanins, which give this fruit its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

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The levels of melatonin and tryptophan naturally occurring in tart cherry juice helps increase sleep, even in individuals suffering from insomnia. In a research study conducted by Louisiana State University, drinking the juice gave participants 84 extra minutes of sleep every night on average.

The anthocyanins that give tart cherry juice its rich red color, fight inflammation. In addition to providing general relief, it may also help minimize painful gout attacks and the stiffness and pain associated with osteoarthritis, according to researchers who conducted a study at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. The anthycyanins may also activate fat and glucose regulating components in human body tissues, which reduces risks of high cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and stroke risk.

These same benefits apply to less serious situations, including the pain and stiffness associated with a strenuous workout. Consuming tart cherry juice during a work out or right after finishing the exercise can maximize the benefits received.

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