- Contains more anthocyanins than tart cherry
- May lower uric acid levels better than tart cherry*
- Thick 68 Brix with no added sugar
- Delicious when diluted to 1 part cherry 6 parts water concentration
Dark Cherry Concentrate is a rich source of antioxidants and phytonutrients that help to protect cells from damage and support immune health.*
Dark cherry concentrate may help to lower uric acid levels, which can be beneficial for sufferers of gout, a painful condition caused by uric acid build up in the joints.*
While published literature suggests that tart cherries have a higher overall concentration of phenolic compounds, the plant-based chemicals with associated health benefits, sweet cherries contain more anthocyanins.
Anthocyanins are naturally occurring compounds that contribute to a plant’s pigmentation. Anthocyanins impart blue, red, and purple coloring to plants.
Anthocyanins have amazing antioxidant properties, which we need to preserve the health and structural integrity of cells and to inhibit oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Anthocyanins are also believed to have great anti-inflammatory properties.
According to best-selling author and physician Dr. Michael Greger, sweet cherries are a natural alternative to anti-inflammatory drugs due to their high anthocyanin concentration. While anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen suppress the enzyme responsible for pain and inflammation (COX-2), they also suppress the enzyme that protects the stomach lining (COX-1). This is why habitual use of anti-inflammatory drugs has been linked to deaths caused by bleeding and perforation of the stomach wall.
Cherries, however, suppress the inflammatory enzyme COX-2 with minimal effect on COX-1 enzyme.
Ingredients: 100% Dark Sweet Cherry Concentrate
Suggested Use: Mix with other drinks: Add 2 tablespoons to 1 cup of water. May be added to carrot juice and combines well with any fruit drink to make a delicious punch. Use in teas as a sweetener and in liquefied drinks instead of sugar.
Refrigerate after opening.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What species of cherry is used in Dark Cherry Concentrate?
A: This concentrate is derived from 100% bing cherries (Prunus avium).
Q: Is Dark Cherry Concentrate derived from organic cherries?
A: The cherries are not certified organic but they do come from a supplier that uses organic farming practices.
Q: Is Dark Cherry Concentrate derived from non-GMO cherries?
A: Yes. The cherries are non-GMO.
Q: Are there any added sugars?
A: No. Dark Cherry Concentrate contains only the natural sugar from the cherries. No additional sugar or other sweeteners are added.
Q: What is the brix score for Dark Cherry Concentrate?
A: Our Dark Cherry Concentrate has a Brix score of 68 (68⁰Bx). The Brix scale measures the percentage of solids in a given weight of plant juice and is often expressed as the percentage of sucrose (sugar). Today many farmers use the Brix chart to evaluate produce quality.
Q: What does Extra Quality mean?
A: The term Extra Quality refers to the quality of the cherries used to make the concentrate. Cherries in the Extra class must meet certain qualifications for size, appearance, and color. Cherries in the Extra class are superior to cherries in Class I and Class II.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
- Weight: 37.6 oz
- Width: 9 in
- Depth: 3 in
- Height: 4 in
Makes a great fruity drink without any added sugars.