A month or so ago I was given the opportunity to try a case of Cheribundi’s Tart Cherry Juice- it came so quickly in the mail and I read all of the material before establishing a game plan.
The phytonutrients that the company speaks of are no mystery word to me- it’s a familiar word when doing research about a plant based diet. Phytonutrients are the natural chemicals found in plants that help defend against environmental issues, such as pests and ultraviolet light. Well, these chemicals have been known to also help people fight heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. The more fruits and veggies you eat = the healthier you are! Plain and simple, folks. This tart cherry juice is a high concentration of not only the phytonutrients, but also antioxidants. Look it up, antioxidants, specifically found in cherry juice, is great for anti-inflammatory properties.
What does all this science talk mean for an active gal like myself? It helps prevent soreness and aids muscle recovery!
So, I put it to the test. My plan was to drink one bottle of tart cherry juice every day leading up to the Gator Gallop.
My results/review: I think it worked! Even though I wasn’t training “hardcore,” I was still upping my miles significantly to what they had been over the last couple of months. On top of adding miles, I was also hiking high peaks = long days with double digit miles, up mountains! After the race, I rushed home and made a cherry juice shake: 1 serving of tart cherry juice, 1 frozen banana, 1 scoop of sprout powder and a few extra frozen blueberries whirled up = deliciousness! Held me over until the baby shower I was attending later in the day.
Little bit of forewarning to those of you who rarely consume juices (like me): don’t drink it past 3 o’clock in the afternoon! On the days that I didn’t workout, I forgot to drink it until I got home for dinner- not a problem if you are use to consuming high amounts of sugar. Although this sugar is from fruit, it still had an effect on me and my sleeping habits. But on the days that I drank it in the morning, all was well.
Also, and I don’t know if this is too much information, but last week when I had the 12-hour bug, this was the first thing drank that I could keep down. It had the sugar to give me a little boost, mixed with water it gave me a little fluid and I didn’t feel guilty about consuming it (like I would have with multiple colored freeze pops). Maybe it was in my head that my body aches went away, maybe not, but I was a happy camper come bedtime.
Overall, I would recommend this tart cherry juice to all my active friends. Some of the other flavors have whey in them, which doesn’t agree with my vegan lifestyle, so unfortunately I can’t review those and their effectiveness. The green tea blend looks great! This summer is going to be a busy one- with trying to become a 46er and *possibly* training for a half-marathon- I may just continue to drink it to see how effective it is. Cheers to good health!
*Cheribundi did supply me with the juice free of cost, but all opinions are my own.