About a week ago I posted the following on my Facebook page (you should totally press ‘like’! You won’t regret it, I swear!)
A recent study found that insomniacs who drank two 235ml glasses of sour cherry juice a day for 2 weeks fell asleep 20 minutes faster and slept more soundly through the night.
Of course, being the health nut that I am, I have been on the lookout for sour cherry juice ever since. I was lurking around in my local fruit and vegetable shop yesterday (you know, admiring the lettuce, smelling the coriander, as you do) and I noticed they had it for $1.99 for a liter. I wasn’t sure if that was a reasonable price or not but all I knew was that I was going to buy that juice and by god I was going to blog about it.
First comes the research. I did a little Google on the interwebs thingy and it told me many interesting things about sour cherry juice besides the fact that it is good for insomniacs! I shall present a few of them to you in bullet point for your reading pleasure and ease:
Drinking a glass of cherry juice a day offers the same health benefits as eating 23 portions of fruit and vegetables!
250ml of the juice contained more antioxidants than five portions of peas, tomatoes, water melon, carrots and banana!
- Sour cherry juice may offer relief to people suffering from arthritis or gout!
- Drinking sour cherry juice immediately before and after exercise can alleviate muscle pain!
So after reading all the fantastic benefits it was time to pour myself a glass:
Firstly, I love the gorgeous deep read colour. Made me think I was drinking a glass of True Blood. I felt incredibly vampire-ish for a good moment there.
Taking the first sip I noted the tartness. Not quite as tart as cranberry juice but still a lovely sour taste. Sour yet sweet. A nice balance of flavour. This is beginning to sound like a wine tasting! “Mmm yes yes, full bodied yet not too heavy on the nose. Lingers on the plate. A sensory delight!”.
What I’m trying to get across here is that I love the taste. Kind of like a cross between apple juice and cranberry juice. Delicious. Could even make a great accompaniment to vodka! Not that I encourage or endorse drinking but I don’t mind the old celebratory tipple! Moderation is key!
I’m not sure if I am feeling any benefits yet, this is only the second day I have been drinking it, but I will try drinking it before and after my training session in the morning and will advise you all if I see any difference. Even if I don’t notice any benefits I will still continue drinking it!
Have you tried sour cherry juice? Noticed any benefits?