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Saturday, 2 November 2013

Tart Red Cherry (Sour Cherry) - Alternative Medicine for Dogs and Cats


Safe to use as a dietary supplement, alternative medicine
for most dogs and cats.


In this article...
1. Tart Red Cherry
2. Health Benefits
2. Cautions
3. Side Effects
4. Drug Interactions
5. Daily Dosage

1.0 Tart Red Cherry
(also known as Cerise de Montmorency, Tart Cherry, Red Sour Cherry, etc.)

There are more than 270 varieties of sour cherry however only a few varieties are grown for commercial purposes. Montmorency is one of the most popular of the commercially grown tart red cherry varieties. The flesh and stem of the cherry fruit is used to make medicine.

Tart red cherry can be added to your dog’s or cat’s meal in the form of:
  • 100% pure tart red cherry juice – use organic;
  • Tart red cherry extract in liquid form;
  • Tart red cherry extract in gel, or capsule supplement form;
  • Dried, frozen, fresh cherries.
I prefer to use a combination of tart red cherry juice and frozen (finely chopped) tart red cherries.

Tart red cherry contains one of the highest antioxidant (anthocyanins) value of all fruits and vegetables.

On a scale that rates quantity of antioxidants in a food and the strength of the antioxidants (called the Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity or ORAC) – tart red cherry sits at the top of the list...


Anti-Inflammatory Foods Ranked by ORAC Value

Ranking
Top Ranked Fruits and Veggies
ORAC Value rates:
qty of antioxidants;
strength of antioxidants.
#1
Tart red cherry juice concentrate
12000
#2
Dried tart red cherry
6800
#3
Prunes
577
#4
Blueberries
2400
#5
Blackberries
2036
#6
Tart red cherries, frozen
2033
#7
Canned tart red cherries, packed in water. Note – do not  use cherries packed in syrup as sugar is inflammatory!
1700
#8
Kale
1770
#9
Strawberries
1540
#10
Raspberries
1220
#11
Spinach
1260
#12
Brussel’s Sprouts
980
#13
Plums
949
#14
Alfalfa sprouts
930
#15
Broccoli (florets)
890
#16
Beets (non-GMO beets!)
840
#17
Oranges
750
#18
Grapes (red)
739
#19
Red Bell Pepper
710
#20
Pink Grapefruit
495
#21
Grapes (white)

460

Note – all of the above fruits are safe for dogs and cats with the exception of the flesh and skin of grapes - particularly conventionally (non-organic) grown grapes - you can read about that in detail here. Grape seed extract is safe for dogs and cats as is grape seed oil.  My dogs eat all of the above fruits and vegetables (with the exception of grapes) on a regular basis. The homemade dog and cat food that I make also contains many of the fruits and vegetables from the list above.


2.0 Health Benefits - a partial list..
  • Anti-inflammatory, effective for relief from i.e.
    • Arthritis;
      • i.e. Osteoarthritus;
    • Gout;
    • Bladder and Kidney stones;
      • Reduce  inflammation, and;
      • Increase urine production;
    • Effective for relieving the pain of chronic inflammation;
    • Injury and pain to muscles and joints from over-exercising and from sudden trauma;
    • Insomnia;
      • Due to the relatively high melatonin content in tart red cherry;
      • Helps to regulate sleep patterns to normal;
  • Cholesterol lowering;
  • Digestive aid;
  • Heart Disease
  • Supports optimal brain function;
  • Triglyceride lowering ( health threatening type of blood fat);
  • Recovery from exercise induced muscle fatigue;
  • Weight reduction.


3.0 Cautions...
  • Allergic or intolerant of cherries - don't use.

4.0 Side Effects...
  • In some individuals the relatively high sorbitol content of tart red cherry juice may cause:
  • Abdominal discomfort;
  • Diarrhea.

5.0 Drug Interactions...
  • None

6.0 Dosage…

Dosage Non-Therapeutic:
  • Concentrated Extract:
    • Reduce to ½ of manufacture’s dosage by body weight/size.
  • Gel or Capsule Supplement:
    • Reduce to ½ of manufacture’s dosage by body weight/size.
  • Juice from concentrate:
    • Small dogs and cats – 1/2 tbs once daily with food;
    • Medium size dogs  - 1/8 cup once daily with food;
    • Large size dogs – 1/4 cup once daily with food;
    • X-Large size dogs – 1/3 cup once daily with food.
  • Canned, fresh, dry or frozen ( finely chopped/minced):
    • Small dogs and cats – 1 tbs once daily with food;
    • Medium size dogs  - 1/8 cup once daily with food;
    • Large size dogs – 1/4 cup once daily with food;
    • X-Large size dogs – 1/3 cup once daily with food.

Dosage Therapeutic:
  • Concentrated Extract:
    • Follow manufacture’s dosage by body weight/size.
  • Gel or Capsule Supplement:
    • Follow manufacture’s dosage by body weight/size.
  • Juice from concentrate:
    • Small dogs and cats – 1 tbs two times daily with food;
    • Medium size dogs  - 1/8 to 1/4 cup two times daily with food;
    • Large size dogs – 1/3 cup two times daily with food;
    • X-Large size dogs – 1/2 cup two times daily with food.
  • Canned, fresh, dry or frozen ( finely chopped/minced):
    • Small dogs and cats – 1 tbs two times daily with food;
    • Medium size dogs  - 1/8 to 1/4 cup two times daily with food;
    • Large size dogs – 1/3 cup two times daily with food;
    • X-Large size dogs – 1/2 cup two times daily with food. 

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