I rolled my eyes when my husband got off the phone with a friend and told me about the tart cherry miracle cure that took his pain away. So I did some research, to see if it was worth a try (and maybe to prove him wrong).
Tart cherries really do seem to reduce chronic joint pain and inflammation, improve sleep, and help prevent gout flare-ups. I was as surprised as anybody, but when I researched the tart cherries it started to make sense.
Tart cherries are especially good sources of anthocyanins, a potent anti-inflammatory compound also found in green tea. This, along with other nutrients in the cherries, seem to be effective at relieving the chronic achy pains that come with getting older, getting in shape, and working long hours at a computer or on our feet. Research showed gout flare-ups were reduced significantly with tart cherries.
Before I could recommend this to you, I had to try it myself. Surprisingly, both my husband and I have experienced fewer aches and pains and better sleep using tart cherry juice and capsules. A sore neck and shoulders from working over the computer used to keep me up at night, but not nearly as much now. My husband’s aches and pains from gardening are much better, and he doesn’t wake up with pain.
So I had to eat some humble pie.
A few research studies have been done on tart cherries, and it seems like the best results come from having some tart cherries, tart cherry juice or a capsule full of dried tart cherries two to three times a day. You can have them with meals, so its easy to remember.
To get the full benefit of the cherries, you’d have to eat more than three cups of cherries a day – that’s a lot. We have tried both the tart cherry juice concentrate mixed in a smoothie and the capsules, and have gotten good results without unpleasant side effects.
So far no negative effects have been reported with the tart cherry juice or the capsules, and they have been around for a while. I think its because they are a whole food, not just one component of the food in concentrated form. Our bodies almost always prefer whole foods to food components.
If you’d like to give them a try, here are the brands I use:
Tart Cherry Juice
Tart Cherry Capsules
For the juice, use 2 Tbs. mixed into sparkling water, another juice or a smoothie. I take one capsule at a time, usually with dinner and sometimes breakfast.
If you decide to try any tart cherry products, please let me know how it works for you. Someone over here would love to hear me say I was wrong again.
Note: I have Amazon links here because that’s where I buy these supplements. Amazon gives me a small “thank-you” commission (and I mean small) for each purchase through these links.