Made with only organic tart cherry juice and gelatin, these tart cherry gummies are a yummy way to incorporate some super nutrients into your diet!
Tart Cherry Juice & Grass Fed Bovine Gelatin
There are so many great things about these two ingredients. For one, tart cherries are a good natural source of melatonin, a hormone that helps control our sleep-wake cycle. Our melatonin levels rise when it’s time to sleep and go down when it’s time to wake. Certain foods, such as tart cherry, have been found to raise our melatonin levels resulting in a better quality of sleep. I’m all for any natural way to get my kids to sleep a little better.
In addition to improving our quality of sleep, research suggests that tart cherries are also effective in decreasing oxidative stress and inflammation. For example, drinking tart cherry juice versus placebo in a clinical study of overweight and obese individuals was found to significantly reduce the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) as well as lower other inflammatory markers such as TNF-alpha. Clinical studies have also found that consuming tart cherries reduces muscle pain after strenuous activity, decreases inflammatory biomarkers in inflammatory osteoarthritis, and improves memory and cognition in older adults with dementia.
Gelatin, another one of my favorite ingredients, is great for healthy gut, joints, skins, hair and nails. I use this gelatin from Perfect Supplements. It’s made from Brazilian pasture-raised cows and is free of hormones, antibiotics, chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
So Easy and Convenient
The gummies pictured in this post were made using this cute little mold, but any mold or glass container will do. If you are using more than one mold or a larger glass container, just double or triple the recipe.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy this favorite treat of ours!
Tart Cherry Gummies
In a glass measuring cup, combine 1/4 cup organic tart cherry juice with 3 tablespoons beef gelatin. Stir and allow the mixture to gel.
In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup organic tart cherry juice to a boil. Add the gelatinous mixture and stir continuously until dissolved. Bring to a boil again and remove from heat.
Allow to cool before pouring into gummy mold. Place in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
Remove gummies from mold. May be refrigerated for up to one week.
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