Tart cherry juice has long been used to treat gout and insomnia.
Now, new research shows that it also helps seniors stay mentally sharp.
The study was published in the journal Food & Function. Researchers split 34 seniors into two groups. They were randomly assigned to drink either tart cherry juice or a placebo drink every day for 12 weeks.[i]
Before and after the trial, researchers gave the participants tests to gauge their memory and cognitive function.
Afterward, the tart cherry group had, compared to the placebo group:
- A 5% increase in satisfaction with their ability to remember things.
- A 4% reduction in the amount of time it took them to react to visual stimuli.
- A 23% reduction in errors during a visual memory test.
- A 3% improvement in sustaining visual attention.
- An 18% reduction in mistakes in a spatial working memory test.
The researchers believe the benefits are due to three brain-boosting compounds in tart cherry juice: anthocyanins, polyphenols, and melanin.
The juice also lowers blood pressure, which may also play a role. “Blood pressure can influence blood flow to the brain,” said lead author Professor Sheau Ching Chai.
Boost Your Brain With Tart Cherry Juice
If you want to take advantage of the cognitive benefits of tart cherry juice, follow the study procedure…
There are different varieties of tart cherries. The participants drank Montmorency cherry juice. It’s the most common type. It’s widely available at health food stores and online. Look for organic brands.
Drink eight ounces in the morning and eight ounces in the evening.
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