The #1 Best Juice To Drink Every Day, Says Science

While we’d much prefer you ate a whole fruit—it gives you a solid dose of fiber, which slows the absorption of the sugar and reduces its impact on your blood sugar level—there are some benefits to drinking juice. (Just avoid those unhealthy pseudo juice drinks that are sweetened with added sugars; some of those pack upwards of 60 grams of sugar.)

Just like how different fruits have different benefits, different juices provide unique benefits, and there is one type of juice, in particular, that has such a wide variety of benefits, we’d argue it’s the #1 best juice to drink every day: tart cherry juice. Scientific research suggests that tart cherry juice offers specific perks that may benefit you. Read on to find out what they are, and for more on how to eat healthy, don’t miss 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

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A meta-analysis of 10 studies in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that athletes who drank tart cherry juice (or took powdered cherry extract) 7 days to 1.5 hours before swimming races, high-intensity cycling, and full and half marathons improved their endurance performance. The researchers attribute the result to the juice’s high concentration of anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that reduce inflammation and enhance blood flow to muscles.

Previous studies have also shown that tart cherries reduce strength loss and improve muscle recovery after intense exercise.

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Bananas, leafy greens, beans, and nuts are rich sources of potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure. You can add tart cherry juice to that list, too. Studies show that tart cherries can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke thanks to their abundance of nutrients like polyphenols and potassium.

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