5. Relief from Gout
Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when uric acid builds up in the blood and forms painful crystals in the joints. The anthocyanin antioxidants in tart cherries can help prevent the excruciating pain of a gout attack. An Arthritis and Rheumatology study noted that individuals who consumed tart cherries over a two-day period were 35% less likely to suffer gout symptoms than those who did not. While more studies are needed, this study and anecdotal reports from gout sufferers suggest that drinking cherry juice or eating tart cherries may help prevent painful episodes of gout.
4. Prevention of Osteoporosis
The anti-inflammatory effects of tart cherries may also decrease your risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become weak due to bone loss or an inability to properly build new bone tissue. Osteoporosis may be caused by nutritional deficiencies, lack of exercise, or medical conditions. A study in Nutrients suggests that tart cherries may prevent bone loss by preventing inflammation and inhibiting a receptor that prevents new bone formation. Therefore, a refreshing glass of cherry juice may help maintain strong bones.
3. Gut Health
Tart cherry juice may improve the health of your digestive system by nourishing the gut bacteria necessary for proper digestion. A study in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that the plant phenols of Montmorency tart cherries were beneficial for the metabolism and growth of healthful gut bacteria. Therefore, tart cherries are useful as a form of prebiotic. You may be familiar with probiotics, such as yogurt, which furnish your digestive system with live bacterial cultures. Prebiotics are compounds that nourish those bacterial cultures, allowing them to aid in good digestive health.