Cherry juice – health risks and benefits

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Scientists study the benefits of cherry juice, because besides being rich in antioxidants, it could be beneficial to treat insomnia and may help lower cholesterol.

Besides the benefits to reduce muscle pain and inflammatory effects, consumption of cherry juice assumes a number of risks such as weight gain and increased triglycerides, if not used properly.


1. Overview
2. Risks
3. Recommendations
4. Health benefits of cherries


- Weight gain – Studies on human subjects showed no link between consumption of cherry juice and weight loss, on the contrary, it seems that cherry juice leads to weight gain. Consumption of 30 grams of concentrated cherry juice mixed with a cup of water contains 110 calories.

If you drink two drinks a day without giving up anything in your normal diet you could gain about a pound every 16 days. If you choose a sweetened cherry juice, you risk even more weight gain.

To reduce weight gain risk, you can try to exclude a food (with the same number of calories as cherry juice) from your daily diet.

- Triglycerides – Any food that contains sugar can raise triglycerides, a type of fat that accumulates in the arteries and increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

If you drink more than 1.5 cups of cherry juice daily, triglyceride levels may increase. A cup of cherry juice contains about 19 grams of sugar.

Experts recommend limiting consumption of foods with added sugar so as to not exceed 100-200 calories per day from a total of 2000 calories per day.


If a person drink cherry juice in moderation, there will be no negative health implications. Fresh cherries offer, however, greater benefits and fewer health risks. They contain about the same number of calories as cherry juice, only that they have less sugar.

A cup of cherries contains about 2.5 grams of fiber per serving (cup), while cherry juice doesn’t contains that. Fiber can be helpful for lowering cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels but also for weight loss.

Health benefits of cherries

- Decrease muscle pain – cherries contain high levels of anthocyanins that contain antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.

They have a similar effect as NSAIDs, which athletes often use during a contest to prevent and reduce muscle pain. Athletes who drank cherry juice have reported relevant reductions in post-race pain.

- Inflammatory – cherry juice has anti-inflammatory role. It reduces inflammation and oxidative stress. Studies have found that cherry juice is a natural anti-inflammatory shown to reduce body movement in the concentration of inflammatory makers.

Cherry juice is a traditional homeopathic treatment in secular communities. Several studies have concluded that cherry juice has proven anti-inflammatory properties and that it can treat arthritis.

- Help to sleep – To sleep better, drink a glass of cherry juice at night, before bed. Researchers found that cherry juice helps remove insomnia and helps in getting a quality sleep.

The research found that cherries help reduce the severity of insomnia, but not influence total sleep time.



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