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Drinking cherry juice daily helps to reduce joint pain caused by gout and arthritis. Check out this whitepaper about the secrets of cherry juice revealed. Learn why the Michigan-grown tart cherry juice is the first choice for reducing arthritis pain.

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The Secrets of Tart Cherry Juice Revealed Discover the natural health benefits of the Michigan- grown Montmorency tart cherry. You’ll be amazed to learn about all of the things this tangy red fruit can do Harold White – Natural Health Consultant

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Table of Contents In the Beginning… ................................................................................................................................................................ 2 Cherries in the Modern Era ................................................................................................................................................. 2 What is the Best Cherry ..................................................................................................................................................... 4 The Sweet Cherry ............................................................................................................................................................. 5 The Montmorency Tart Cherry ....................................................................................................................................... 6 Where are Cherries Grown in the United States ............................................................................................................ 7 The Cherry Capital of the World ......................................................................................................................................... 8 The Life Cycle of a Montmorency Tart Cherry ............................................................................................................... 10 1: The Buds .................................................................................................................................................................. 10 2: The Blossoms ........................................................................................................................................................... 11 3: The Fresh Fruit ........................................................................................................................................................ 12 4: The Harvest ................................................................................................................................................................ 12 5: The Final Products .................................................................................................................................................. 13 How does the Cherry Compare to Other Fruits and Vegetables ............................................................................... 14 How Much ORAC is Recommend for Daily Consumption ............................................................................................ 17 The Natural Health Benefits of the Tart Cherry ............................................................................................................. 18 Anthocyanins and Tart Cherries ..................................................................................................................................... 20 Cherry Juice Can Alleviate Joint Pain Caused Arthritis and Gout .............................................................................. 21 The Year Round Availability of Cherries .......................................................................................................................... 22 Dried Cherries.................................................................................................................................................................. 22 Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate .......................................................................................................................................... 23 Type of Cherry that is used to Produce the Juice: .................................................................................................... 23 The Quality of the Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate: .................................................................................................... 24 Taste of the Final Product - Reflected by the Crispness of the Flavor of the Final Product: .............................. 25 Bottling of Cherry Juice: ................................................................................................................................................ 26 Tart Cherry Capsules and Tart Cherry Powder .............................................................................................................. 28 The Final Word .................................................................................................................................................................... 30

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In the Beginning… The tart cherry has been the subject of folklore and old wives tales passed down from generation to generation. From mothers to daughters grandfathers to grandsons and the subject of countless conversations among those suffering from joint pain due to arthritis or gout. The history of the cherry dates back to the Roman Empire 1 . According to legend as the Empire expanded across Europe and Asia Minor it was a habit of some of the Roman generals to return to Rome with native plants and animals from conquered territories. It is believed the cherry was discovered along the Black Sea region in Asia Minor. This ruby red fruit was brought back to Rome and it quick spread across the Empire. The reason was simple. This unique taste and color of the fruit made it an instant favorite. However it also served numerous purposes. The fruit was used to eat and flavor foods. The seeds of the fruit were planted along Roman roads. As the trees grew the wood was harvested and used for weapons firewood and to build and repair carts and wagons. The cherry eventually made its way to the New World with the early explorers. In addition to being used as food and repairing equipment the cherry was reported to also help relieve pain in the body. Thus the pain relieving benefits of cherry were discovered and shared for centuries into the future. However it wasn’t until the 1950’s when the first peer-reviewed study published on the pain relieving properties of the cherry 2 . Cherries in the Modern Era In 1950 a letter from Dr. Ludwig Blau was published in the Prevention Magazine. 3 The letter from the good doctor stated that eating a bowl of cherries help to relief his gout pain. Dr. Blau suffered a severe gout attack and was confined to a wheelchair. One day while sitting his wheelchair he ate a bowl of cherries and the following day the pain caused by the gout was completed gone. He 1 Cherry Juice: Fact or Myth – History of the Tart Cherry and the Ancient World 2 Goutpal.com – Dr. Blau and Tart Cherries 3 Prevention Magazine - 1950

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continued to eat cherries daily and not to long afterwards he was able to stand from his wheelchair without the pain. This experience led him to work with other gout suffering individuals. According to published research Dr. Blau conducted research on 12 individuals. He instructed each to eat ½ pound of cherries or drink the equivalent of cherry juice. It takes one ounce of cherry juice concentrate to make an 8 oz. glass of juice. The final analysis of the research data points to the fact the eating cherries or drinking the juice helps to reduce uric acid in the blood. Thus reducing pain in caused by gout and uric acid crystals. In this whitepaper the author would like to share information and research about the natural health benefits of the tart cherry. Photo courtesy of Traverse Bay Farms

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What is the Best Cherry Did you know there are over 120 different varieties of cherries grown across the globe Also three dozen countries grow cherries including the United States China Turkey Poland Chile and dozens more. With all of the different varieties of cherries grown there are only two types. These types include sweet cherries also referred to as black cherries or wild cherries. The tart cherry is often referred to as the sour cherry. As you dive into the realm of learning about this fruit you’ll hear read or discuss a number of different words describing the same fruit. So to help reduce confusion take a peek at the nickname chart below: Official Name Scientific Name Commonly Used Nicknames Tart Cherry Prunus cerasus Sour pie red and baking Sweet Cherry Prunus avium Black purple snack and wild The next time you’re having a conversation about cherries or reading about cherries online you now have a better understanding what each nickname or a slang term refers. The answer to the question “what is the best cherry” is it depends on what you want the fruit to do for you. For example the black or sweet cherry is commonly enjoyed as a snack. This is the type that is often found at farmer’s market and in the produce section of your local grocery store during the cherry harvest.

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The Sweet Cherry Here is what a sweet cherry looks like: Photo courtesy of Getty Images As you can see the cherry itself is black or dark purple in color.

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The Montmorency Tart Cherry The distinctive feature of the tart cherry is the bright red hue. This type of cherry is often used for baking. In fact the next time you enjoy a cherry pie you’ll notice the cherries are bright red. The reason the tart cherry is used for recipe creation is it is very low in natural sugar. Thus by adding this ingredient the chef doesn’t have to worry about it interfering with the recipe or making it to sweet. Here is what a Montmorency tart cherry looks like: Photo courtesy of Getty Images The color of Montmorency variety is much brighter in color. In addition most of the research published about the pain relieving properties of cherries is reporting on the anti-inflammatory benefits of Montmorency tart cherry. This is not say that other studies don’t exist on the sweet cherry but the majority of the research that you read about online is the result of the testing on the Montmorency type. So when you are reading an article about the pain relieving properties of cherry juice cherry capsules or cherry powder you’ll probably reading about the benefits provided by tart cherries. Unfortunately many writers don’t use the term “tart” when describing the benefits of this fruit. The reason could be any of the following:  The writer doesn’t know the difference between sweet and tart cherries  Is simply copying from another article to write their article  May not have to time to do research and provide accurate information for the end reader

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Where are Cherries Grown in the United States As stated above a number of countries around the world grow and harvest cherries. However for the purpose of this whitepaper the author will only discuss the areas of the United States that grow cherries. The reason is the majority of published research has been conducted on U.S.A. grown cherries particularly Michigan-grown cherries. The author isn’t familiar with any peer-review research studies conducted on Chinese Turkish etc. grown fruit. Thus the author wants to stick with the facts and the proven published research. In addition as you may notice a number of websites now sell cherry juice concentrate. However the vast majority of them do not indicate what country the fruit originates from neither on their website nor on their label. If you want to be certain that the cherry juice you are drinking is from U.S.A. cherries please contact any company and ask them to confirm in writing the cherry juice they are selling is from the United States specifically Michigan. Also some companies also are blending different types of cherry juice into a final product. For example the company may be mixing Turkish cherry juice with U.S.A. grown cherry juice. This probably means the company knows that U.S.A. grown cherries is what consumers are searching for but they are mixing in the imported cherry juice to increase profits. The only reason the author is bringing this information to your attention is the author believes the United States has the best growing practices and food safety issues in the entire world. If you are going to consume anything into your body don’t you want to consume food that has followed the best food safety and growing practices on the globe

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Based upon published information from CMI 4 the United States grows a huge amount of the global cherry crop. Here is a list of some of the states that have commercial cherry growing regions:  Michigan  New York  Pennsylvania  Utah  Washington  California  Wisconsin  Oregon It is estimated the state of Michigan grows over 70 of all of the cherries in the United States. The cherry growing region is Michigan is also known as the “Traverse Bay Farms region”. The reason is this part of Michigan is located in the Traverse Bay region of the state and it has countless number of farms and orchards thus the name “Traverse Bay Farms region”. The Cherry Capital of the World The largest city in the region is Traverse City nicknamed the “Cherry Capital of the World”. The majority of the orchards and farm growing this fruit are located within 50 – 75 miles of Traverse City. In addition the city also hosts the National Cherry Festival. This is an annual event that hosts over 500000 visitors per year. The purpose is to celebrate the upcoming cherry harvest. During the National Cherry Festival everything is cherry. Photo courtesy of 9 and 10 News 4 CMI – The Power of Red

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Visitors and locals alike enjoy cherry themed events including:  Cherry pit spitting contests  Cherry pie eating contests  Cherry-Opoly board game events similar to Monopoly  Blue Angel air show every other year  Carnivals and rides  Parades and a number of other events Photo courtesy of TV 9 and 10 News Blue Angels over Traverse City Bay Photo courtesy of TV 9 and 10 News

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The Life Cycle of a Montmorency Tart Cherry To fully appreciate all of the benefits of this tiny red fruit we must first learn the lifecycle of the Montmorency cherry. The lifecycle of the cherry is very short but the trees are the continuous workhorse. It takes approximately 3 – 5 years after planting a tree for the young tree to bear fruit. The average life of the cherry tree is about 15 years. Here is a photo of cherry trees during the cold Michigan season. Photo courtesy of CMI 1: The Buds The first step in the lifestyle of the fruit is the bud. As the weathers turns from chilled night air to warm spring weather the trees begin to show buds. Check out the five stages of the cherry. As you can see from the photos the buds turn into beautiful blossoms and then the fresh fruit. Photo courtesy of Washington Post

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2: The Blossoms Next are the blossoms. They are the first visual presence that spring has arrived and it is the beginning of the upcoming cherry season. Each of the buds turns into a blossom and each blossom turns into the fresh fruit. It is estimated that each tree grows about 1000 cherries each season. An easy way to remember how many cherries each tree grows is by thinking in terms of pie. It takes about 100 cherries to make a cherry pie so in other words each tree grows enough fruit to make about 10 cherry pies. Photo courtesy of CMI

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3: The Fresh Fruit Finally around mid-June until about mid-July each of the blossoms shed their pedals and turn into the fresh fruit. Mid-July is when the fruit is ready to be harvested. Photo courtesy of CMI 4: The Harvest Finally around mid-June until about mid-July each of the blossoms shed their pedals and turn into the fresh fruit. Mid-July is when the fruit is ready to be harvested. Specially created machines soon travel into the orchards to harvest the fruit. Here are photos of some cherry harvesting equipment: Photo courtesy of CMI The Shaker: This machine shakes the trees and releases the cherries into an upside down umbrella.

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Photo courtesy of CMI The Separator: This station washes and begins to separate the cherries on quality and size of the fruit. 5: The Final Products Photos courtesy of CMI and Fruit Advantage FruitCeuticals The fresh fruit can be made into a number of different products including dried frozen powder tart cherry capsules and juice concentrate.

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How does the Cherry Compare to Other Fruits and Vegetables Brunswick Laboratories based in Wareham MA did extensive research on the nutraceutical natural health benefits and ORAC levels of 12 popular fruits and 12 popular vegetables 5 . The amount of 100 grams was used as the standard of comparison. The lead researcher in the project was Dr. Boxin Ou. Dr. Ou is one of the leading scientists in the U.S. on phytochemicals in plant foods. The standard marker of comparison in the study was based upon ORAC Oxygen Radical Absorption Capability. This measures the amount of free radical fighting a capacity of the specific foods. The higher the ORAC value the better the food is in fighting disease-causing free radical damage in the body. Below are the results of ORAC testing on popular fruits: 1. Tart cherry juice concentrate 12800 ORAC units 2. Dried tart cherries 6700 3. Prunes 5760 4. Blueberries 2300 5. Blackberries 2046 6. Frozen tart cherries 2063 7. Canned waterpack tart cherries 1750 8. Strawberries 1550 9. Raspberries 1230 10. Plums 959 11. Oranges 780 12. Red Grapes 729 ORAC units 5 Research conducted at Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston and Brunswick Laboratory in Wareham Massachusetts.

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Below are the results of the Brunswick Laboratory testing on popular vegetables: 1. Kale 1760 ORAC units 2. Spinach 1360 3. Brussels Sprouts 970 4. Alfalfa Sprouts 920 5. Broccoli Florets 880 6. Beets 850 7. Red Bell Pepper 700 8. Sweet or "Black" cherries 680 9. Pink Grapefruit 485 10. Grapes white 465 11. Onion 455 12. Corn 405 13. Tofu 200 14. Carrot 202 15. Tomato 190 16. Iceberg/Head Lettuce 100 ORAC units Based upon the results of the research tart cherry juice concentrate has the highest ORAC values of tested fruits and vegetables. According to the Official Tart Cherry Health Report 6 “ORAC consumption is vital to maintaining a healthly mind and body. Adding a glass of tart cherry juice to your daily routine helps your body to get the vital ORAC units it needs.” 6 Official Tart Cherry Health Report – www.TartCherryHealthReport.com

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The next type of study was conducted specifically on the different types of cherry products. Below are the ORAC levels for four popular cherry products per 100 grams.  Tart cherry juice concentrate: 12800 ORAC units  Dried tart cherries: 6700 ORAC units  Frozen tart cherries: 2063 ORAC units  Canned water-pack tart cherries: 1750 ORAC units Photo courtesy of CMI As you can see if you’re looking for the product that delivers the highest ORAC value when compared to other cherry product tart cherry juice concentrate is what you are looking to enjoy daily.

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How Much ORAC is Recommend for Daily Consumption The next question an individual should ask is the following “How many ORAC units should I try to get on a daily basis” According to an article published in the August 2011 edition of Total Health Magazine 7 Tuft University researchers found participants in an ORAC study consumed about 1670 ORAC units per day. The study was based upon 36 men and women that ranged in age from 20 to 80 years old. During the experiment the researchers requested each individual to increase their daily consumption of fruits and vegetables from 5 servings to 10 servings per day. This increased consumption of ORAC rich foods increased the daily ORAC consumption 3300 to 3500 units per day. After the participants ate the additional servings of fruits and vegetables the researchers took blood samples. The results indicated the plasma antioxidant values increased 13 to 15 percent more when compared to blood samples drawn from the same individuals before they increased their ORAC consumption. The 15 percent increase was considered to be “significant” by the researchers. The reason is the anti- oxidant capacity of blood is difficulty to increase by any large extent. In addition the researchers suggested that individuals should strive to consume a daily intake between 3000 to 5000 ORAC units per day to increase anti-oxidant benefits in the blood and tissue. As mentioned above adding tart cherry juice concentrate to your daily diet will add an impressive 12800 ORAC units to your day. 7 http://www.totalhealthmagazine.com/articles/vitamins-and-supplements/polyphenols-beyond-antioxidants.html

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The Natural Health Benefits of the Tart Cherry Health benefits and nutritional values may be two different things. For example if you’re looking for a natural source of vitamin A C or E you probably want to eat fruit that is rich in each of the those vitamins 8 . For example sources of Vitamin A include:  Carrots  Sweet potatoes  Bell peppers Sources of Vitamin C include:  Oranges  Broccoli  Kiwi Sources of Vitamin E include:  Tofu  Spinach  Almonds However if getting relief from joint pain caused by gout or arthritis eating carrots for vitamin A or an orange for vitamin C may not be what you’re searching for to relieve your pain. Instead you would look for foods that are natural sources of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins occur naturally in nature. They are responsible for giving fruits and vegetables their color. The word anthocyanin dates back to ancient Greece. In fact two Greek words meaning blue and plant are the base origin of the word. 9 It is the presence of this phytochemical that gives cherries their color. They also are vital in the anti-oxidant levels and activity found in cherries. 8 Health Magazine – 12 Foods With More Vitamin C Than Oranges 9 Handbook of Food Science Technology and Engineering

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Any fruit vegetable or plant that has color has the presence of anthocyanins. In addition they are responsible for turning the green leaves of summer into the bright orange fiery red and yellows of autumn. Photo courtesy of Getty Images So the next time you are in the produce section of your local grocery store or farmer’s market and see all of the colors of the fruits and vegetables you are witnessing the power of the presence of anthocyanins. Photo courtesy of Red Wing Farmers Market

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Anthocyanins and Tart Cherries As mentioned above fruits and vegetables of color are a natural source of anthocyanins. So the next logical step is to look at the natural sources containing the highest amount of anthocyanins and compare them. However before we do that we need to see how many different types of anthocyanins exist. According to Ray Sahelian M.D. 10 scientists have discovered over 500 different types of anthocyanins. So the presence of anthocyanins may not be the “magic bullet” for the anti- inflammatory properties of tart cherries and cherry juice 11 . So let’s take a close look at what Dr. Muraleedharan Nair and Michigan State University were the first to identify the pain relieving properties of anthocyanins in tart cherries. 12 Tart cherries have a unique mixture of anthocyanins called Anthocyanins 1 and 2. These help to inhibit the cyclooxygenase Cox enzymes associated with gout and arthritis pain. In the research conducted by Dr. Nair and his research team they compared 10 different small fruits looking to find which ones had the highest amounts of naturally occurring anthocyanins 1 and 2. According to Dr. Nair "Twenty tart cherries provide 25 mg of anthocyanins which help shut down the enzymes that cause tissue inflammation in the first place so cherries can prevent and treat many kinds of pain". In addition the presence of anthocyanins may provide 10 times the anti-inflammatory benefits of over the counter OTC choices including aspirin or ibuprofen. Below is a chart comparing some of the top fruit with Total Anthocyanins 1 and 2. 10 http://www.raysahelian.com/anthocyanins.html 11 Chiroinnovation – Ibuprofen or Tart Cherries 12 Michigan State University – Department of Horticulture

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Photo courtesy of CMI Cherry Juice Can Alleviate Joint Pain Caused Arthritis and Gout Tart cherries are delicious and anti-oxidant rich fruit. In fact in 2012 13 the tart cherry could be the next big food in the superfruit juices just like pomegranate juice. The Montmorency tart cherry is being researched for a number of reasons including their high levels of naturally occurring anti- oxidants the ability to relief pain due to inflammation in the joints and muscles. In addition it could also help countless individuals suffering from insomnia and looking for a natural sleep aid. Drinking just one ounce or two tablespoons of tart concentrated cherry juice every day can help alleviate arthritis pain. Thats because tart cherries specifically Montmorency tart cherries contain anthocyanins and two important antioxidants: isoqueritrin and queritrin. Anthocyanins create cherries dark red pigment. Arthritis inflammation and pain is caused by the hormone prostaglandin it is directly related to two enzymes that cause tissue inflammation and the resulting pain. Anthocyanins inhibit those two enzymes decreasing inflammation and joint pain. Remarkably the paininhibiting strength is comparable to ibuprofen and naproxen. And laboratory tests at Michigan State University find that tart cherry compounds are at least 10 times more effective than aspirin in reducing inflammation--without any of aspirins side effects. Queritrin and isoqueritrin are flavonoids. Flavonoids function as antioxidants meaning that they destroy free radicals within the body to generally help prevent cancer. Queritrin and isoqueritrin help eliminate the byproducts of stress and they help slow down the aging process in general. Queritrin also possesses antiinflammatory effects similar to non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Queritrin can also inhibit the bodys production of inflammation-causing leukotrienes and histamine. Anthocyanins possess additional beneficial properties. They are powerful antioxidants meaning they destroy free radicals within the body to generally help prevent cancer. Anthocyanins are even more powerful than vitamin E. Tart cherries boast a whopping 26.5 grams of anthocyanins--the highest of all fruits. 13 Daily News – Could cherries be the next superfruit Fruit could also be used to provide relief from pain and inflammation. March 26 2012

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Anthocyanins also help prevent plaque buildup in artery walls which in turn helps prevent heart disease theyre more potent in this regard than vitamins C and E. Also tart cherries are a low- glycemic food so theyre diabetic-friendly. The antioxidant queritrin also possesses additional beneficial properties. It is one of the most powerful anticancer agents known. Its antioxidant properties are superior to vitamins C and E. And if these powerful antioxidants in tart cherry juice werent enough it also contains ellagic acid which may be the most potent substance to prevent cancer. It takes the juice of 100 Montmorency tart cherries to make just one ounce of Montmorency tart cherry juice. The tart cherry juice concentrate can be added to any other beverage such as water or tea. Or you can even add it to a fruit smoothie for breakfast or as an afternoon pick-me-up. The highest quality Montmorency cherry juice available is a measurement known as 68 brix. Look for cherry juice thats clear and sediment-free. Who knew alleviating arthritis pain could taste so good The Year Round Availability of Cherries Cherries are a very perishable fruit. This means the fresh fruit is only available for a short time during the summer harvest. Thus if you’re looking to get cherries into your diet you may need to consider other cherry-based products including:  Dried Cherries  Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate  Tart Cherry Capsules  Tart Cherry Powder Dried Cherries Dried cherries offer an excellent snack and addition to recipes. They also are a great choice to add to your morning breakfast cereal or yogurt.

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Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate According the material published by experts in the cherry industry it takes the juice of approximately 100 tart cherries to make just one ounce of tart cherry juice concentrate. There are six areas that consumers should be aware of when comparing and selecting tart cherry juice concentrate. Below are the six areas we believe individuals should consider:  Type of cherry that is used to produce the juice  The quality of the tart cherry juice concentrate o Taste o Packaging o Shelf-stable or the need for refrigeration o Sediment-free guarantee Type of Cherry that is used to Produce the Juice: The majority of research published in the last 10 years or so about the naturally occurring health benefits of cherries has been conducted on the Montmorency tart variety of cherry.

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The Quality of the Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate: Unfortunately not all tart cherry juice concentrate products are the same. The first area to consider and is important in the overall quality of the final products is the brix count. Brix pronounced bricks is one of the measurements of the overall quality of tart cherry juice concentrate. The brix is the measurement of the amount of naturally occurring sugar in the cherry juice. Cherry juice is usually measured at 68 brix. Be sure to be aware of the brix level in any cherry product you buy and try make sure it is of 68 brix. The brix information should be printed on the product label or published on the website. If the brix level of a concentrate is lower than 68 brix you should inquiry why this number is less than the 68 marker. In addition to the brix amount you may also want to inquiry about the acidity level. This is how much acid is in the product. The higher the acid the more sharp will be the final taste. However since cherry juice is a natural product and not a man-made product these markers may naturally vary from year to year in the final product keep in mind this is only a guide to help you make an educated decision when you buy cherry juice concentrate. Photo courtesy of CMI

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Taste of the Final Product - Reflected by the Crispness of the Flavor of the Final Product: Like any other consumable product you would purchase taste is very important. Cherry juice is no exception. Cherry juice offers a number of options and is available in a number of different sizes and bottles. For example you can get cherry juice in plastic bottles aluminum cans cardboard single shot containers and glass bottles. Based upon the information available from our own research and observations the aluminum containers and cardboard singles shot containers are lined with a plastic film. While this has been the authors experience there may be aluminum cans and cardboard single shot containers not lined in plastic but we aren’t aware of any. The best way to determine this is ask the company which you are potentially buying cherry juice in aluminum cans or single shot containers if they are lined with a plastic film prior to your purchase. Now back to the glass containers one of the main benefits of drinking cherry juice from a glass bottle is that glass bottles help to prevent plastic leaching. Plastic leaching is a well-known fact in the food industry. Leaching occurs when a product is bottled in a plastic container and the food actually pulls or “leaches” plastic molecules from the bottle directly into the food. Fortunately leaching is not a concern for cherry juice packed in glass bottles.

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Bottling of Cherry Juice: Bottling for cherry juice is available in two ways: cold-packed and hot packed we will not address the bottling of the single shot cardboard containers. Below is a basic definition of each:  Cold-packed – Some companies but not all that follow the cold-packing bottling process simply pump cherry juice concentrate from 52 gallon drums directly into individual plastic bottles. Cold-packing may also be the less expensive way to bottle cherry juice concentrate since some companies simply hand fill their bottles over a utility sink. Not to say all companies currently follow this practice some have simply done this in the past. Other cold pack companies do have a bottling line. In addition some cold pack companies selling cold-packed cherry juice indicate cold-packed cherry juice must be refrigerated upon the customer’s receipt of the product but many of these same companies selling plastic bottle cherry juice concentrate don’t keep their products refrigerated during shipping.  Hot-packed - The cherry juice is pumped from a 52 gallon drum flash pasteurized and then bottled into individual glass bottles. Hot-packed cherry juice concentrate is shelf- stable and doesnt need refrigeration during shipping storage or until the product is open. Hot-packed cherry juice is designed for completed convenience. However after the product has been opened it does require refrigeration. Hot-packed cherry juice can be shipped without refrigeration and is shelf stable. The hot-pack process is very similar to the canning process. Hot-packed concentrate is packed in glass bottles and eliminates the fear of “plastic leaching” Unfortunately some cherry juice companies lead the consumer to believe cold-packed cherry juice is never heated pasteurized. This is simply not true. Cherry juice concentrate in 52 gallon drums is usually flash pasteurized or heated to some degree prior to being placed into the drum.

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 Stability: Product stability is vital not only for shipping purposes but also storage. The majority of companies selling cherry juice are selling cold-packed cherry juice that is bottled in plastic bottles. This means the product should probably be refrigerated during shipping and storage. Yet many of these companies freely ship cold-packed cherry juice across the country in unrefrigerated cardboard boxes with statements saying the product must be refrigerated when the product is received. This simply doesnt make since. It would be similar to shipping orange juice from New Jersey to Texas in a cardboard box and asking the customer to place it in the refrigerator when it arrives. Hot-packed cherry juice is designed to be shipped and storage without the need for refrigeration. However just like other food products it does need to be refrigerated once the product is opened.  Sediment-Free Guarantee: Sedimentation is a concern for many cherry juice drinkers. Sedimentation occurs when the concentrate breaks apart and thick residue settles on the bottom of the bottle. Sedimentation may be a result of poor quality concentrate poor bottling process poor shipping and storage. Look for cherry juice products that offer a sediment free guarantee. As you can see from the photo this is an excellent example of this brand of cherry juice not having any sedimentation in the bottom of the bottom. This is cherry juice concentrate from Traverse Bay Farms

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Tart Cherry Capsules and Tart Cherry Powder The next option for selecting cherry-based products is to select tart cherry capsules and/or powder. The benefit of the implementing a tart cherry capsule/powder daily routine is the tart cherry powder is used to make the tart cherry capsules. The benefits of tart cherry powder include the following:  Natural source of flavonoids compound that have anti-oxidant capability  Presence of Anthocyanins anti-inflammatory benefits of the tart cherry juice  Can be mixed with recipes and yogurt  It is made for individuals who can swallow pills for personal or medical reasons Photo courtesy of CMI

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The tart cherry capsules are then made from encapsulating the anti-inflammatory powder into an easy-to-swallow capsule. Check out these benefits of the tart cherry capsules:  Easy to take with you while you travel  No need to for refrigeration after opening. Simply store in your cabinet  Standardized daily serving for the tart cherry  Easy-to-swallow capsules  Two capsules per day deliver 1200 mg of tart cherry. The highest amount on the market.  Kosher and Vegan Friendly Check out the complete line of Fruit Advantage FruitCeutials www.FruitAdvantage.com What Other are Saying about Tart Cherry Products – Video Testimonials Testimonials about Fruit Advantage Cherry Juice and Cherry Capsules Cherry Juice Testimonials for Fruit Advantage Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate

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The Final Word It seems since almost the beginning of recorded time the tart cherry has played a role in helping keep healthy. However it wasn’t until the 1950’s when the first published research really put the joint pain relieving properties due to gout and arthritis of this tiny fruit on the map. Thanks to dedicated food researchers happy individuals with no joint pain and published research the anti-inflammatory and pain relieving benefits of the tart cherry are fast becoming the first choice for arthritis and gout suffers. Contact the Author: Harold White is a natural health consultation. The author writes about natural home remedies. Email Contact: Haroldwhite1956yahoo.com This information is book in not meant to provide any sort of medical advice. Consult your health care provider and/or doctor for any medical advice. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.These products are not intended to diagnose treat cure or prevent any disease.

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