Cherry juice is often sold in concentrated form, which requires mixing the fruit juice with water. Long used as a folk treatment for many health ailments, cherry juice is rich in many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Cherry juice contains no fat or cholesterol. Calories will vary per 8 oz. serving, dependent on how concentrated the product is and if sugar is added. Carbohydrates provide most of the calories, with less than 1 percent of the calories coming from protein.
Cherry juice contains vitamins A and C and potassium. The health benefits of consuming foods rich in vitamins A and C include improved immune system response, better wound healing and good vision, especially in low light conditions. Consuming foods rich in potassium may help lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of kidney stones.
Cherry juice is also a good source of powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins, which are naturally occurring compounds found in many red, purple and blue-colored fruits and vegetables. Diets rich in antioxidants have been associated with a reduced incidence of cancer and a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Commercially produced cherry juice is made from Montmorency cherries, whose prime growing season is in the summer. They are tart cherries, sometimes referred to as sour cherries. Commercially produced juice has been pasteurized and usually has preservatives added. Additionally, sugar may be added.
Consumption of cherry juice has long been advocated as a way to relieve the pain of arthritis and gout. More recently, it has been promoted as a sleep aid and a means to reduce muscle pain. More research is needed to support these claims, but early studies indicate some of the results people experience may be due in part to the anti-inflammatory nature of vitamin C and anthocyanin.
While cherry juice can be part of a healthy diet for most individuals, it is high in simple carbohydrates. If you are diabetic or limiting your sugar consumption, read the food label to determine whether this juice can be part of your diet. If you are on a low potassium diet, speak with your doctor first before consuming this product.