Why You Should Replace your Night cap with Tart Cherry Concentrate…

Let us let you in on the juicy new secret of natural cures: tart cherry juice, the antioxidant-rich liquid that’s increasingly being hailed as an answer to pain, swelling, and sleeplessness. (We hear the rest of the juice aisle is feeling a little sour with jealousy.)

After a long day at the gym or a busy day out instead of wining down with a bottle of wine try out the tart cherry concentrate with a nice warm bubble bath for a relaxed mental state and body. I also add some essential oils (check out the link to get yours) such as Serenity or Lavender to the bottoms of my feet and I swear its my own personal heaven.

A close friend of  mine was in town from England and said it also really helped him get over his jet lag symptoms, let me know what you think.

 

Why You Should Replace your night cap with Tart Cherry Concentrate | Yoga Savvy

Grab a bottle at your grocery store and read up on three powerful health benefits research has shown so far:

1. Soothe pain.
Runners, rejoice: Cherries could be the answer to post-run muscle soreness. A trial from Oregon Health & Science University studied the effects of tart cherry juice in 54 long-distance runners who drank 2 bottles of either the liquid or a placebo, twice daily, for one week leading up to a race. Neither group finished the run hurt-free, but cherry-juice drinkers reported a significantly smaller increase in pain both during and after the race. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory superpowers, cherry juice also relieved joint pain in 58 patients with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis, according to research published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.
2. Beat insomnia.
Tart juice equals sweet dreams. That’s the conclusion of Louisiana State University researchers who observed the sleep patterns of 7 adults. For the first two weeks, the study participants drank tart cherry juice twice daily, followed by two weeks of drinking nothing, and then two weeks of guzzling a placebo beverage. The juice gave participants an average of 84 more minutes of sleep each night compared to the placebo. Why? The fruit is naturally rich in melatonin (the hormone responsible for sleepiness) and tryptophan, an amino acid the body uses to create even more melatonin. What’s more, the study authors say, a class of pigments called anthocyanins found in the fruit is able to slow the breakdown of tryptophan, thereby lengthening its sleep-inducing effects. (Keep the good sleep going with these 20 ways to sleep better every night.)
3. Prevent gout.
A new study published in the Journal of Functional Foods shows that tart cherry juice can combat gout, a type of arthritis that causes repeated attacks of intense pain and swelling. In the trial, participants drank cherry juice concentrate diluted with water. The fruit lowered levels of uric acid—the chemical that causes gout in high concentrations—and c-reactive protein, a biomarker of inflammation. Researchers give credit again to anthocyanins, which also give the fruit its dark red hue.

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