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Tart Cherry Juice: What Are The Health Benefits?

Tart cherry juice

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The US is buzzing with news of the newest super food–tart cherry juice. Tart, or sour, cherry juice is thought to have a host of powerful anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories. Tart cherries varieties, such as the Montmorency cherry, are also thought to have powerful cholesterol-lowering abilities. Lately this seeming miracle juice has been seen as a great option for protecting muscles against exercise-induced damage. Other health benefit claims include helping with insomnia, and reducing stress.

Want to get some of the powerful nutrient into your life? Your best bet is to get some juice. Concentrated tart cherry juice is best way to reap the nutritional benefits of cherries. This is because a small amount of juice contains far more cherries than you could eat in one sitting, or even over a day. Looking for other ways to enjoy the beneficial fruit? We’ve got some great recipes to get you started.

A favorite variety of tart cherries is the Montmorency cherry. I love to use this type of dried cherry in some of my favorite dishes, such as pancakes, scones, and even veggie salads. Tart cherry curious? Here are some of my favorite recipes using the tart, healthful fruit.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Dried Cherries
A healthy salad of roasted seasonal vegetables tossed with sage, onions and dried tart cherries.

cauliflower salad

Whole-Wheat Pancakes with Dried Cherries
Yummy and tender whole-wheat pancakes with bits of dried tart cherries.

dried-cherry-pancakes

Cherry Orange Oatmeal
A healthy way to start the morning, this cheery oatmeal has dried cherries and orange zest. Served with orange slices, it’s a nutritious start to your morning.

oatmeal-wih-orange-and-cherries

For more tasty cherry recipes, check out this Babble Food slide show of tasty cherry recipes.

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