Tart Cherries

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Tart cherries, often called "sour cherries", have been recently identified as having Melatonin in them, some foods contain very small amounts of melatonin, bananas, rolled oats and corn for example. But tart cherries, especially the Montmorency variety, have been proven to have the largest concentration - such a significant amount that it is actually enough to produce positive results in the body. 

This berry is also very rich in potent phytonutrients including anthocyanins which give cherries their deep red color and act as powerful antioxidants. Anthocyanins also help block the COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes causing pain reaction in the body. That is why some people find tart cherries useful in relieving the pain of arthritis and gout.
Other compounds found in cherries are gallic acid, p-coumaric acid, kaempferol, quercetin, ellagic acid - all of which are potent antioxidants. 

Tart cherries, may help prevent the formation and progression of certain cancers, revert tumor cells back to normal and  lower arthritis, gout, heart disease, diabetes, cancers, brain health, muscle soreness during and after exercise, and weight management to mention a few.

Melatonin is a hormone known to regulate sleep and waking cycles. It is produced by the pineal gland in the brain. Melatonin is released into the blood at night time and its production is affected greatly by light.

Melatonin is also a powerful antioxidant and plays a role in stimulating other antioxidants as well. Melatonin has been shown to effectively raise Glutathione levels in many tissues including those of the brain, liver, muscle and blood serum. In its turn Glutathione detoxifies our bodies while we sleep. That is why it is important to get at least 7-8 hours of good night sleep when Melatonin is produced and released into the blood stream.

The significant natural source of melatonin in tart cherries, especially the Montmorency variety, contain substantial amounts of melatonin, enough to produce a possitive effect in the body and without any side effects unlike the synthetic form of melatonin.


Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant that can cross cell membranes, cross the blood-brain barrier, and it plays a role in stimulating other antioxidants - this makes it a truely unique antioxidant. It is considered more powerful than vitamins C, E and A, because it is soluble in both fat and water and can enter cells that vitamins cannot. Unlike other antioxidants, it does not undergo redox cycling, which is the ability of a molecule to undergo repeated reduction and oxidation and regain its antioxidant properties (in other words, it cannot be recycled). That is why it is referred to as a terminal antioxidant.
Melatonin has been shown to effectively raise Glutathione levels in many tissues, such as the brain, liver, blood serum and muscles.

ORAC Score of tart cherries
Antioxidant capacity of foods is measured in ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) units. ORAC score shows how many oxygen radicals a food can absorb and deactivate. The higher the score the better a food may be in its ability to fight oxidants. A person needs to consume 3,000 - 5,000 ORAC units a day. Just 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of concentrated cherry juice provide 12,800 ORAC units or just one serving of 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) will supply 3,657 ORAC units, which is more than the minimum daily recommended amount.

​​Melatonin heals gastritis and kills H. pylori. 

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For some people, ulcers start out as gastritis. That’s widespread inflammation in the gut. Gastritis can cause enough pain on its own. But when it causes an ulcer…you need to treat it right away. If you want real relief, you need to get to the root of the problem. What’s that? 

For most ulcers, it’s usually bacteria called H. pylori.The good news is that your gut fights inflammation every day. It produces good bacteria and natural substances that keep you healthy. One of those natural substances is a surprising hormone that most people don’t know their gut even produces.This unlikely hormone heals gastritis and kills H. pylori. 

It’s melatonin ... Yes, the same melatonin you take to help you sleep.

Your pineal gland makes melatonin, but your gut produces 400-times more. And, it gobbles up damaging free radicals. Including the stomach acid and enzymes that can cause damage to your stomach lining.
In the past, human studies have shown that melatonin can prevent ulcers, colitis, irritable bowel disease, and colon cancer. 

Now a new study proves the power of melatonin to get rid of the H.pylori bacteria.

One hundred patients with duodenal ulcers and gastritis took part in the study. All the patients had H. pylori bacteria in their gut. For the first seven days, one group took an antibiotic and medication to block stomach acid. 

The second group had the same treatment, but also took melatonin. They took 3 mg before bed.  After the first week, both groups quit taking the antibiotic.At the end of two months…The patients who took melatonin had less H. pylori in their gut. Melatonin helped get rid of it, and gut inflammation. 

These people experienced better gut healing.

As you age, your natural melatonin levels decrease. The best way to get it is to get enough sleep. But that’s not always so easy.
Try eliminating all artificial light from your bedroom. Darkness triggers melatonin production. Even an alarm clock’s light can interfere.

Caffeine might decrease melatonin levels in the body. However, several foods contain melatonin, and can help increase your body’s levels. 

Tart cherries, red wine, bananas, tomatoes, walnuts and ginger are good sources.

So if you’re prone to stomach problems, try melatonin to give your gut some powerful protection. You’ll also benefit from getting a good night’s sleep. Quality sleep lowers your stress levels stress can also cause inflammation throughout your body, including your gut and intestines.


insomnia cure

The juicy new secret of natural cures: tart cherry juice, the antioxidant-rich liquid that’s increasingly being hailed as an answer to pain, swelling, and sleeplessness.
1. Soothe pain.
Cherries could be the answer. 
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory superpowers, cherry juice also relieved joint pain in 58 patients with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis, according to research published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

Cherry For Diabetes - Type 1 And Type 2

An apple a day can keep the doctor away, but recent research suggests that a cherry a day can keep diabetes away.  There is a deep relationship between cherry fruit and diabetes. Both the sweet as well as the tart version of the fruit contain insulin boosting chemicals, which can control blood sugar and lower blood glucose levels quickly.

So how are cherry fruit and diabetes related? Active chemicals, also known as anthocyanins, are usually most well-known for their antioxidant properties and their ability to reduce the risk of developing heart disease. However, these are pigmented chemicals found in cherries are also the reason why tart cherries and diabetes are interconnected.

Sour cherries

While all fruits can raise blood sugar levels, but some have a lower GI score — like sour cherries. Sour cherries have a chemical called anthocyanins. Studies have produced experimental evidence that anthocyanins may protect against diabetes and obesity.
If you’re a fan of fruits, try eating more sour cherries instead of bananas, pears, and apples. If you’re planning dessert, skip the peach cobbler and try this paleo, no added sugar cherry crisp by I Breathe, I’m Hungry. Be sure to use sour cherries since regular cherries have a moderate to high GI score.

 Tart cherries, like most red fruits and vegetables, are loaded with important nutrients and it has a boatload of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents as well. Tart cherry juice is beneficial for cancer prevention, heart health, as an anti-inflammatory agent.

   The juice contains one of the most powerful antioxidants that exists, quercetin. Among other functions, quercetin prevents oxidative damage caused by free radicals from damaging low-density lipoprotein (LDL or bad cholesterol). It also works as an anti-inflammatory agent, which is beneficial for alleviating asthma symptoms and other respiratory conditions.

   There is a lot of evidence that says that tart cherry juice can help in preventing the symptoms of exercise-induced muscle damage and relief from gout (a painful form of arthritis).  It can also ssignificantly lower blood uric acid levels by as much as 15 percent in women.

A 1-cup serving of unsweetened cranberry juice contains 116 calories, while an equivalent serving of tart cherry juice contains 137. They contribute 6 to 7 percent of your daily energy intake, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. They offer comparable amounts of carbohydrates, with a serving of tart cherry and unsweetened cranberry juice containing 33 and 31 grams of carbohydrates, respectively. Carbohydrates keep you going throughout they day because they serve as a primary source of energy for your tissues. Both juices contain negligible amounts of protein and fat.

Vitamins A and C

Tart cherry juice offers a significant nutritional advantage over unsweetened cranberry juice when it comes to vitamin A, and a slight advantage when it comes to vitamin C. Vitamin A keeps your eyes functioning properly to support healthy vision and plays a role in cell differentiation -- the development of immature cells into functional tissue. Vitamin C also aids in tissue growth -- it helps you produce collagen, a protein responsible for holding your tissues together. A serving of tart cherry juice contains 3,520 international units of vitamin A, or more than the entire daily requirement for men and women, set by the Institute of Medicine. Tart cherry juice also offers 27 milligrams of vitamin C per cup -- 30 percent of the recommended daily intake for men and 36 percent for women. Unsweetened cranberry juice provides 24 milligrams of vitamin C per 1-cup serving and contains just 114 international units of vitamin A.

Vitamin K

Unsweetened cranberry juice serves as a superior source of vitamin K, a fat-soluble nutrient important for healthy blood. Each 1-cup serving of unsweetened cranberry juice provides you with 13 micrograms of vitamin K -- 14 percent of the recommended daily intake for women and 10 percent for men, according to the Institute of Medicine, while a serving of tart cherry juice contains just 6 micrograms. Vitamin K controls the thickness of your blood so that you don't experience excessive bleeding, such as easy bruising, bleeding gums and nosebleeds. It might also have additional benefits, such as a lower risk of bone fractures, explains the University of Maryland Medical Center.


Reach for tart cherry juice over unsweetened cranberry juice as a source of copper. Copper helps you synthesize melanin -- a pigment found in your skin -- and it also boosts collagen production to strengthen your bone tissue. A 1-cup serving of unsweetened cranberry juice contains 139 micrograms of copper, or 15 percent of the recommended daily intake established by the Institute of Medicine. An equivalent serving of tart cherry juice contains more than twice as much copper -- 285 micrograms, or 32 percent of the recommended daily intake.