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Cherry juice: Sip, savor, ride and boost your health

Thu, May 11, 2017

Consider taking a couple swigs of a less common thirst quencher during your ride with the BayCare Clinic Century Bayshore to Lakeshore.

 

The drink? Cherry juice. Experts swear by the stuff. They cite, among other things, its antioxidant-richness and ability to fight pain and inflammation.

 

Country Ovens, just five minutes north of Algoma in Forestville, Wisconsin, specializes in Cherry De-Lite products, with one of their most popular items being cherry juice. The local business is a rest stop sponsor for BayCare Clinic’s Saturday, June 3, century bike ride and plans to offer participating riders samples of their Rapid Performance drinks – Rapid Red and Rapid Whey. These are cherry drinks specifically designed “for those living an active lifestyle,” Country Ovens says.

 

Drinking eight to 12 ounces of cherry juice daily can reduce your risk for certain health problems, studies suggest.

 

Not convinced? How about this from Healthline.com?: “It is naturally high in potassium, which conducts electrical impulses throughout the body. This mineral also helps maintain blood pressure, hydration, muscle recovery, nerve impulses, digestion, heart rate, and pH balance. Cherries contain about 330 mg of potassium per cup, which is almost 10 percent of how much you need each day.”

 

Then there’s this from Prevention.com: “A trial from Oregon Health & Science University studied the effects of tart cherry juice in 54 long-distance runners who drank two bottles of either the liquid or a placebo, twice daily, for one week leading up to a race. Neither group finished the run hurt-free, but cherry-juice drinkers reported a significantly smaller increase in pain both during and after the race. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory superpowers, cherry juice also relieved joint pain in 58 patients with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis, according to research published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.”

 

Other cherry juice health benefits include:

  • Boosting immunity and fighting infections
  • Aiding sleep and treating insomnia
  • Improving insulin, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • Helping fight heart disease by preventing the plaque that causes heart attacks and strokes from attaching to artery walls
  • Providing older adults greater protection against the development of heart disease, cancer, and age-related cognitive decline

 So, as you create your checklist for the century, make sure cherry juice is added as a thirst-quencher. You might swear by it, too.

 

The Baycare Clinic Century Bayshore to Lakeshore is a non-competitive event for participants of all ability levels. The century ride is taking place on Saturday, June 3, 2017. It is sponsored by the BayCare Clinic Foundation. Cyclists have three options should they choose to sign up: a 20-, 60-, or 100-mile course. The course takes you through Brown, Kewaunee, and Door counties.

 

The ride will start and end at BayCare Clinic’s new corporate headquarters at 1035 Kepler Drive in the I-43 Business Park on Green Bay’s far east side. It is part of the health organization’s BayCare Clinic Bikes community wellness initiative.

 

Registration for the century ride is open at baycarecentury.com. The fee is $50 if you sign up prior to race day and is $60 on the day of the race.

 

All proceeds from the ride will benefit the BayCare Clinic Foundation, which supports causes and organizations that promote improved health and wellness in northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

 

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