I have chronic daily migraines. I have been treating them with various things — Sphenocath, Botox, beta blockers, and hypnotherapy. (I will post reviews of all of the above one of these days.) One of my other less invasive treatments has been drinking 8-ounces of tart cherry juice twice daily.
Why? Montmorency tart cherries in particular contain anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that reduce inflammation. Sort of like ibuprofen but without the risks to your stomach and liver. I got the idea to drink the juice after reading a bunch of studies that looked at the effects of tart cherries on the human body — 21 studies in total.
The results are impressive. In one study, scientists looked at how people recovered after long distance running and cycling, for instance, found that those athletes had less pain and a faster recovery time than those who didn’t imbibe. T
From the cycling study: “Cyclists who drank Montmorency tart cherry juice concentrate before a three-day simulated race experienced less inflammation and oxidative stress compared to those who drank another beverage, according to… [the] U.K. study published in the journal Nutrients.”
From a study about gout sufferers: “In the study, Montmorency tart cherry juice reduced blood levels of uric acid and C-reactive protein, a measure of inflammation. High levels of uric acid are linked to gout, a form of arthritis that can cause severe attacks of intense pain and swelling (inflammation) in various joints, including the big toe and other joints in the legs and arms.”
Another study looked at the link between sleep and tart cherry juice since tart cherries are the only food in the world that contain melatonin. Again, tart cherry juice came out a winner, with insomniacs reporting longer sleep and better sleep when they drank the stuff.
After reading all these studies, I figured I’d give it a shot. Since migraines happen due to inflammation in the circulatory system, why wouldn’t tart cherries be beneficial for someone with migraines?