Originally published in June 2017; updated May 2022.
It seems like there’s been a lot of hype around cherries lately, doesn’t it? It may just be me (since I work in the industry), but this time of the year, everyone’s talking about cherries and for good reason; cherries are tasty and crazy good for you. I’m on the go a lot, so when I don’t have time to grab a handful of cherries, I like to sip on fresh cherry juice instead, and there are many health benefits!
Cherry Juice Benefits
Homemade cherry juice possesses multiple health benefits including the ability to lower cholesterol, level blood sugar, help digestion, and it may even help with weight loss. Cherries have vitamin A, vitamin C (16% of the daily recommended value in one serving), calcium, potassium (which helps keep the body functioning properly) and iron. Cherry juice benefits not only help you stay healthy, but provide that satisfying flavor we are always searching for, even on the go.
For people who are pretty active, cherries can also aid in a faster recovery time. Studies have found cherry juice (tart cherry juice specifically, but tart and sweet cherries have very similar health benefits) helps you recover quicker after a tough workout due to its ability to reduce muscle soreness as a result of anthocyanins, an antioxidant found in cherries. Anthocyanins can help with a number of things in the body including supporting the body’s heart and surrounding tissues, decreasing inflammation within the body, and can even help prevent certain cancers. Anthocyanins are also responsible for giving cherries their dark red coloring. You can also find boron in cherries, a mineral that helps maintain calcium levels and promotes bone health.
With all of that being said, one of the greatest attributes of all is that cherries are fat-, cholesterol-, and sodium-free which makes it a great snack to curve those sneaky evening cravings (yeah, here’s looking at you ice cream and salty bag of chips). Plus, there are only about 90 calories in one cup of cherries. . So in short, cherries are a superfruit and we love it.
Let’s Make Cherry Juice
But how do you make cherry juice with Stemilt sweet cherries? There are multiple ways to make fresh Homemade Cherry Juice, but check out our recipe below to learn how to make it without having to pit the cherries first!