Black Cherry Juice – A Natural Anti-Inflammatory

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Expensive, exotic juices have been all the rage for the past few years, with claims from “boosts energy levels” to “cures cancer” and everything in between. I’ve used a few of them, from deep sea vegetation to goji and acai berries, and I’ll admit that most do taste pretty awesome.

But… they’re expensive, and you can’t really tell if they’re working unless you actually have a serious illness that improves while you’re using the juice.

That’s why I was happy to hear that plain old black cherry juice has been in the headlines this year. It’s much simpler than the exotic juices, it costs just $8 per bottle, and I have seen it work!

The Secret is in the Cherries!

In this day and age where everything is fixed with some prescription drugs or miracle supplements, it’s almost a secret that eating fruits is a great way to get healthy. Cherries, along with many other fruits, are rich in antioxidants that promote blood circulation and joint health.

However, cherries are also rich in isoqueritrin and queritrin, two important flavonoids. According to leading researchers, queritrin is one of the most potent antioxidants ever discovered!

But wait, there’s more! Cherries also contain these wonderful substances called anthocyanins, which are the natural dyes and pigments that give cherries their dark red color. Anthocyanins have been called “Mother Nature’s all-natural chemotherapy agents.”

The Benefits of Black Cherry Juice

Cherry juice concentrate is highly regarded for its ability to relieve painful arthritis, gout, and other types of joint pain.

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the joints. Normally uric acid builds up in the blood and is removed by the kidneys in urine, but if it’s not, it can enter joints and crystallize, which leads to pain and inflammation. (That makes me think of the sharp and pointy “rock candy” I had as a kid… except that instead of eating it, it is stuck inside my joints… which would have to be extremely painful!)

My grandma successfully used this stuff to ease the pain of arthritis in her knee, which is how I first heard of it. Luckily I don’t have arthritis, but I do have my fair share of joint pain, so I decided to give this stuff a shot.

It turns out that black cherry juice concentrate tastes very good, and it’s extremely healthy even if you don’t have bad joint pain. I did happen to have joint pain, though, due to a dislocated shoulder and some rotator cuff problems.

While taking the black cherry juice for about a week, I noticed a decrease in the swelling, and I could tell my shoulder was definitely healing because of the increase in range of motion. (That could have happened anyway as a normal part of the healing process, but if the cherries played even a small role, I’m a happy camper.)

Buying Black Cherry Juice

I got my black cherry juice locally at a health/herb shop. If you don’t have one, try something like GNC.

You could also order online – the brand I used is available at www.dynamichealth.com, on the black cherry juice concentrate page.

Consuming Black Cherry Juice

This juice concentrate is thick and sugary. It does taste good alone if you like the sweetness, but otherwise, mix a few teaspoons of it in a cup of water. You could also use it in smoothies or mix it in with some plain, organic yogurt. (You know, the healthy but sour yogurt… it tastes good mixed with the sweet cherry juice.)

Take as much as you want, and then hope it relieves your pain. I would give this a shot before you start swallowing handfuls of ibuprofen, as it is healthier and all-natural (and less likely to have any side effects.)

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19 Comments so far

  1. Al on April 11th, 2008

    You should have titled the post as “I’m On The Juice”.

  2. Levi on April 11th, 2008

    LOL :)

    I actually thought about that while I was writing this. I have another idea though, so you might see that title in the future ;)

  3. Knut Holt on August 11th, 2008

    There are many fruits or fruit juices seeming to relieve joint pain, for example Pepper fruit, and rosehips. Also marine omega-3-acids are good. Perhaps blending all those fruits that are strongly colored and eating much fish and seafood is even better than using only one fruit(juice).

  4. sabellasingenuity on January 27th, 2009

    I recently was diagnosed with arthritis and I will try your suggestion !!
    Another use for black cherry juice: An Iridoligist once told me to drink it to keep “regular”. Several women I know become constipated when they travel, and if you drink one shot of this juice while travelling (or any day for that matter) it has amazing results! With airline travel “liquid” restrictions now, you can’t just carry a bottle on the plane, but could pack carefully in your checked luggage.

  5. Joni on February 22nd, 2009

    Is there a suggested DAILY dose of the Black Cherry juice?

  6. Levi on February 22nd, 2009

    @Joni

    This is just a guess, but I’d say 1 Tbsp (3 tsp) per day is a good place to start. But if I was taking it to eliminate joint pain or deal with gout, I’d probably do 1 Tbsp three times per day until the pain started diminishing.

  7. venusman on July 25th, 2009

    I took 1″ thick foam, cut a piece the size of the heel in my walking shoes (I’m an ER nurse), cut out a circle in the middle of the foam (essentially making a “doughnut heel,similar to the “doughnut” one uses after hemmorhoid surgery or a fractured tailbone). No pain even after working 12 hours. Not my idea, rather my friend, an RN who works with an orthopedic doctor, told me to do this.
    Good Luck!

  8. Bottled cherry juices are too concentrated to use as sports drinks during your workouts. Cherry juice can be made into a great tasting sports drink using my homemade, natural Fruit-Ade sports drink recipe. This shows how to dilute cherry juice to the correct sugar concentration for most rapid absorption of the liquid into your body. This natural cherry sports drink provides optimum hydration during prolonged workouts with the nutritional & nutraceutical benefits from the cherries.
    http://brt-insights.blogspot.com/2009/09/hydration-fruit-ade-natural-fruit.html#cherry-juice

  9. sherry on November 19th, 2009

    I have a question rather than a comment. What can i use to releve the pain of a capsule release.

  10. Elizabeth on January 5th, 2010

    Are the capsules just as effective as the concentrate for the black cherries? Also, a friend of mine had her physician take her off of the black cherries that she was taking for arthritis because he said she was losing too much weight and weight loss is a side effect of these pills. Do you have any information on that? Thanks so much.

  11. norman kar on March 16th, 2010

    I have been taking 4-6 tablespoons of cherry concentrate a day for gout. I have changed my diet to low purine foods and have had no relief. People have told me about cherry concentrate for gout but have never really heard of it relieving the pain or gout. I hate to say it but I have had zero relief in any way. I wish I could say it works, but not on me. I am currently scheduled to see a rhumatory doctor for any kind of relief. I really feel sorry for anyone with gout attacks like me. I have become very miserable and cannot work. Hopefully cherry concentrate does work for some people.

  12. Kat on November 24th, 2010

    I have arthritis and I ordered this after reading about the benefits if you have arthritis. I was a little afraid of the sugar content at first. This juice does work! It helps with inflammation and pain a great deal. I also use coconut oil, flaxseed and eat and juice vegetables. And also eliminating wheat will help most of you, it did me.

  13. GeeGee on November 28th, 2010

    I was drinking “Just Cranberry” juice for a kidney infection. The juice is so nasty I have to mix it with something sweeter (like Black Cherry juice). I was also having inflamation in my fingers, from arthritis, at the same time. The inflamation is gone. My fingers do not hurt as long as I am drinking the Black Cherry Juice. I mix about 2oz of Cranberry and 2 oz of Blk Cherry juice and drink it first thing in the morning.

  14. melen on December 3rd, 2010

    DO YOU THINK THAT MIXING THE JUICE WITH WATER WILL HAVE THE SAME BENEFIT ACTION IN THE BODY ? I AM CONCERNED ABOUT TO MUCH SUGAR.. ??

  15. Levi on December 3rd, 2010

    @melen

    Yes, you should get the same benefits whether you take the juice straight or mix it with water.

  16. ginger on January 26th, 2011

    YES THES WORKS!!! I WOULD WAKE UP AND MY FINGERS WOULD BE IN PAIN.DAYTIME IT WAS SHARP PAIN OF AND ON.NOW IT GONE.YOU,LLSEE IT WORKS IN 2 OR3 DAYS–THIS IS WHAT I TAKE 2 TABLSPOON BLACK CHERRY JUICE [-CONCENTRATED]IN ABOUT 6 OZ GRAPE JUICE OR ANY JUICE YOU LIKE. DON,NT ASK YOUR DR.THEY WANT YOU TO USE THEIR PILLS WITH SIDE EFFECT. CHERRY JUICE THEIRS NO SIDE EFFCTS. TRY THIS

  17. peter Huntley on March 25th, 2011

    Is there any problem with taking the black cherry concentrate at the same time as warfarin?

  18. rebecca on May 5th, 2011

    About three weeks I had my first attack with gout. I went to bed feeling fine but woke up and couldn”t put my foot on the floor because of the pain. Some one in my church told me about the black cherry juice concentrate, I went to the local gnc store and bought some and it really did work for me. So I went back and bought two more bottles.

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