When Kerry Kuehl, M.D. said “The bottom line is those runners who used tart cherry juice had less inflammation and faster muscle strength recovery” people took notice. “There are an estimated 100,000 hospitalizations and 16,500 deaths per year due to internal bleeding caused by non-steroidal anti-inflammatories,” Dr. Kuehl continued. “Dehydration in combination with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory use – which is common among runners – can damage the kidneys. Montmorency cherry juice may be a healthier substitute.”
As you may already know cheribundi tart cherry juices have a history dedicated to having third parties perform research on the efficacy of our products (our published research is here). Well, it seems other juices are trying to do the same. A recent study out of the OHSU School of Medicine looked at a different tart cherry juice, one from concentrate, and it’s impact on muscle recovery in athletes. As a matter of fact the leading concentrated pomegranate juice company even copied our research studies in an attempt to illustrate similar benefits to the ones cheribundi offers.
You know what happened? Both the OHSU concentrated cherry juice study and the concentrated pomegranate juice company had fair results in their studies. Which makes sense – any juice is better for you than soda… but neither of their results were as compelling as ours. Our muscle recovery study and our marathon runner study both showed significantly better results in measures of muscle recovery, significantly lower blood inflammation markers post exercise (like interleukin-6 and CRP) and, well, we taste significantly better as well (our science is here).
Why? Well – it likely has to do with how we process (or rather DON’T process) our juice. Any juice concentration process is for the benefit of the people making the juice not the people drinking the juice. The same family of aromatic molecules that let your taste buds know the juice is fresh are likely the ones responsible for bestowing the powerful benefits of the tart cherry on your body and health.