What Is Tart Cherry?

by Melissa Chichester

Baseball, lemonade, cherry pie… 

All three of these bring back memories of a gorgeous summer day. And just as relaxation is important for good health, cherries also have numerous benefits. However, it’s not just any cherry – tart cherries have unique properties that support good health.** 

The history of tart cherry 

Tart cherry is also known as the Montmorency cherry because it was cultivated in the Montmorency Valley. Eventually, its cultivation spread to England and eventually the United States. 

The Arbor Day Foundation states that the US makes up 95% of the production of sour cherries. And of that, a whopping 70% of the United States’ supply of tart cherries is grown in Michigan. These cherries are also considered the best for making cherry pies. 

Benefits of cherries 

Scientists are starting to recognize that cherries have beneficial properties for human health.**

Cherries naturally contain an antioxidant called chlorogenic acid that contributes to cellular health.**

Chlorogenic acid is also found in coffee and tea. Cherries also contain naturally occurring antioxidants and flavonoids, including quercetin. 

Cherries also contain other important nutrients the body needs to thrive. Tart cherry juice is a source of potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium. 

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Tart cherry supplements 

Tart cherry supplements can also help support your healthful journey. 

Cherry Turmeric Complex with BioPerine® contains the bright orange spice turmeric. Turmeric has been used for centuries in Asian Cultures as a popular spice. This formula also features the popular BioPerine®, extracted from the black pepper plant.

BioPerine® is a registered trademark of Sabinsa Corporation.

Tart Cherry Extract 1000 mg delivers 250 mg of a 4:1 extract of tart cherry, making it a concentrated form for health and wellness.**

Tart Cherry Extract Plus Melatonin & Herbal Relaxation Blend contains melatonin, which is a hormone that’s naturally produced in your body. It works with your natural sleep cycle to help support healthy sleep patterns when experiencing occasional sleeplessness.** This formula also contains ashwagandha, which has been used for its adaptogenic properties. Adaptogens are compounds that help the body adapt to stress by restoring balance.** This is a great supplement to promote sleep and relaxation.** 

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Tart cherry is also available in liquid form. 

What’s the difference between black cherry and tart cherry?

Just like there are different types of apples, there are also different types of cherries. You will see black cherry supplements and juice in addition to tart cherry supplements and juice. 

Black cherries have a sweeter taste compared to tart cherries. They’re also darker than tart cherries. Tart cherries have a bright red color. Both types contain anthocyanins, a water-soluble pigment that gives cherries their rich colors. 

Whether eaten fresh, mixed into yogurt or a smoothie or used in supplements, tart cherry can be a nutritious addition to your routine.