Aside from plain old H2O, there are a few healthy drinks that have competed for preeminence in the wellness world. Lemon water? Been there. Green juice? Done that. But there’s one underrated dark horse beverage that deserves a closer look: Tart cherry juice.
Tart cherry juice is made from tart cherries, also known as Montmorency cherries. These particular cherries are common in Europe, Canada, and the U.S., and like traditional cherries, come with their own substantial health benefits—particularly when juiced. Here are all the reasons to sip on tart cherry juice—especially after a tough workout or before bedtime. You’ll be mad you hadn’t tried it before.
1. Improved heart health
That’s right—tart cherry juice may protect your heart for the long term. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of tart cherry juice have been associated with improved blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels when consumed for 12 weeks. And, “specifically, tart cherries are rich in polyphenol anthocyanins, known for their anti-inflammatory properties and support of antioxidant systems that slow the aging process,” says Kelly Jones, RD.
Excerpted from Well + Good