Get Ahead of the Holidays with Montmorency Cherry Juice
By Joy Stephenson-Laws, JD, Founder
Now that we are in full blown holiday mode and the new year is quickly approaching, overindulgence in unhealthy foods and maybe adult beverages is likely taking hold. We tell ourselves that we’ll “get back on the wagon” in the new year, but why wait? Perhaps we should at the very least start incorporating some simple healthy habits right now.
One of the ways you can do this is by drinking cherry juice - specifically Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice.
The Montmorency Cherry.
There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries, but the Montmorency cherry appears to be particularly special.
“Montmorency tart cherries have been studied more than any other type of cherry – and the evidence is growing. Studies have explored the impact of Montmorency tart cherry consumption on arthritis and gout, exercise recovery, sleep, heart health and gut health.
The distinctive taste and deep red color of Montmorency tart cherries are due to the concentration of anthocyanins, a type of polyphenol in the flavonoids family,” according to one source.
One company which utilizes these cherries in their juice is Cherrish. They combine these natural cherries with the sweet flavor of Bing cherries. It is delicious and packed with antioxidants that help fight inflammation. And with all the pro-inflammatory foods we eat during the holidays, such as fried foods and sweets, it is important to combat this with these types of anti-inflammatory beverages and foods.
How else can Cherrish’s Montmorency cherry juice help you out this holiday season?
- It can help fuel your workouts.
Although we should be working out throughout every season of the year, sometimes we really go full throttle with workouts during the holidays so that we can do “damage control” for all of the unhealthy eating. Many professional athletes swear by the Cherrish cherry juice to help fuel their workouts.
Studies have shown that consuming tart cherry juice may lead to faster muscle recovery and decrease muscle pain and soreness. Can you imagine the effect of combining Cherrish with cryotherapy for quick muscle recovery?
- It can help you sleep.
The holidays are fun, but they can be stressful. And with more stress may come more sleep issues. Cherries are an excellent, natural source of melatonin, the “sleep hormone.”
“Offering more melatonin than any other fruit or vegetable, studies show cherries are associated with improved sleep quality—the foundation of health and wellness,” reports Cherrish.
- It may help fight off the common cold.
Holidays are filled with joy. But with all of the close contact with people and travel, they can also be filled with germs! Tart cherries are very rich in vitamin C, which is a nutrient known to protect the immune system and help fight off viruses and other bugs.
- It may help your gut.
The gut microbiome is essentially the basis of our overall health. If we do not have a diverse, adequate balance of good gut bugs, we may be more prone to a variety of diseases.
A recent study showed that consuming Montmorency cherry juice may stimulate the good gut bugs. And during the holidays, consuming junk foods and alcoholic beverages in excess may wreak havoc on the gut microbiome.
Additional benefits of the Montmorency cherry include helping with pain management (even pain from arthritis), reducing the risk of diabetes, fighting cardiovascular disease and cancer and more. The Montmorency cherry is also rich in vitamins A and E, potassium, magnesium, iron and folate.
I honestly can’t think of a better stocking stuffer or holiday gift for good health. To learn more about Cherrish and their products, read here. Given the proven benefits of Cherrish, we are proud to endorse this healthy juice as a pH approved product.
Enjoy your healthy life and happy holidays!
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