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David Sparks Ph.d Cherry Juice and Health
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: August 21, 2019

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We have spent some time recently with Gem County cherry farmer Lance Phillips and last time we spoke with him he had twenty eight thousand pounds of this ruby colored fruit still unpicked in his orchard. He brought in Northwest Juicers, a portable juicing company which...

It will take normally the stem and the pit out and turns it in kind of a puree of the skin's, the flesh, the juice that gets pumped into these totes where we can do an enzyme treatment that will help separate the flesh from the juice. And then we will pull that pure juice off the bottom through the pasteurizer and then package it for him. "We're expecting to have between 16 and 18 hundred gallons. It takes about 16 pounds of cherries to make one gallon of juice. The period doesn't quite take as much. So if you're someone who likes to turn juice into spirits, wine, or you're thinking that you might want to make some jams and jellies, which is what we're going to do, we're going to pasteurized and puree.So once it's pasteurized, it should be good at 55 degrees for almost a year."

Research shows that the antioxidants in tart cherry juice can reduce pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis (OA). A 2012 study showed that drinking cherry juice twice a day for 21 days reduced the pain felt by people with OA. Blood tests also showed that they experienced significantly less inflammation. "We're excited to have something that helps people with gout. I had a lady on Facebook who said it helps her with her fibromyalgia. It also helps with melatonin production in sleep and arthritis and sore joints."

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