Michael Pearce, Immunotec Consultant

Drink to Tart Cherries to Feel and Sleep Better!

Written By: Robin - Oct• 26•13

Cherries are very sour medicinally beneficial fruit.

You are what you eat and drink, only the best will Do!You are what you eat and drink! So only the best for you will Do!

Here are 12 reasons to Drink Tart Cherries Daily

1.They protect against some cancers.

Anthocyanins and other plant pigments that give the dark burgundy color to cherries,

By their antioxidant effect, they help protect the cells from mutation and reduce the risk of cancer.

2.They reduce the risk of myocardial infarction just like a baby Aspirin.

Cherry’s prevent oxidation of harmful LDL cholesterol which damages the walls of the blood vessels.

For a healthy heart we should eat cherries a lot.

3.By their influence on the reduction of atherosclerosis,

They protect healthy blood vessels of the brain and nerve tissue against strokes.

4.Men who want to have children should often eat cherries.

Antioxidants and vitamins, especially vitamin C, which is rich in cherry, improve the quality of sperm.
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5.For healthy eyesight choose cherry,

because it positively influences the cells of the eye.


6.Contains coumarin, and reduces the tendency of blood to clot.

This reduces the risk of thrombosis.


7.Due to the high content of potassium stimulates ejaculation fluid and has influence on blood pressure.

People with hypertension should eat them more often.

8.Cherry reduces inflammatory processes in the body and eases symptoms of inflammatory rheumatic diseases,

Especially in rheumatoid arthritis.
9.It helps with gout. Reduces the amount of uric acid

Which is the main culprit in gout and as deterioration of symptoms in this disease.
10.It contains enough iron so if you have the small vessel disease insert it into your diet.

It is also recommended to women with heavy periods that are prone to anaemia.
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11.Regular consumption reduces the risk of diabetes.

Normally People who already have diabetes should eat a limited amount of cherry’s because they contain a lot of sugar

Immunotec Cherry Concentrate has half the Normal Level of  Sugars from the Cold Filtering Process

Having a Low Glycemic Index of “22”

12.Strengthens blood vessels, especially capillaries.

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Melatonin and Breast Cancer

Written By: Robin - Apr• 24•10

Published in the peer-reviewed journal NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY LETTERS:

“Thus, for the first time, a new mechanism has been found by which melatonin may bring about its anti-cancer action preventing the development of breast cancer.”

Read the accompanying Press Release

Read the complete research paper

The highest quantities of melatonin are found in tart cherries, particularly the Montmorency variety. Immunotec’s Cherry Concentrate is your best source for melatonin. Learn more about melatonin

FDA Suppressing Cherry Benefit Information?

Written By: Robin - Apr• 24•10

In this article from LifeExtensionsm magazine, author William Faloon asks is the American Food and Drug Administration is suppressing consumer information regarding the health benefits of cherries, and are they making life difficult for cherry growers and consumers.

The Juice of Choice

Written By: Robin - Apr• 24•10

The healing and preventative properties of tart cherry concentrate are making it the juice of choice for health-conscious consumers. Learn why in this article from alive by author Sandra Tonn, RHN.

Terms You Should Know

Written By: Robin - Apr• 24•10

As you learn more about the health benefits of cherries and other foods, there undoubtedly will be new words that researchers use to describe their work. Listed below are a few of these words with definitions that have been assembled by the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at the Ohio State University.

Functional Food – Any food or food ingredient that may provide a health benefit beyond the traditional nutrients it contains.

Nutraceutical – Specific chemical compounds in food, including vitamins and additives that may aid in preventing disease.

Pharmafood – Food or nutrient that claims medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease.

Phytochemical – Non-nutrient plant chemicals that contain protective, disease-preventing compounds.

Chemoprevention – Using one or several chemical compounds to prevent, stop, or reverse the development of cancer.

Designer Food – Processed foods that are supplemented with food ingredients naturally rich in disease-preventing substances.

Questions & Answers about Melatonin

Written By: Robin - Apr• 24•10

Montmorency tart cherries contain significant quantities of melatonin. That was the surprising discovery made recently at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Russel Reiter, who has been studying melatonin for more than 30 years, headed up the research team. “Tart cherries, specifically the Montmorency variety, contain an extremely significant quantity of melatonin, enough to produce positive results in the body,” says Dr. Reiter. Here’s more information.

What is Melatonin?
Melatonin is a natural hormone produced in the pineal gland at the base of the brain. Melatonin influences the sleep process and because it is an antioxidant, it can help the body destroy free radicals, which cause aging and cell death.

How does melatonin function?
The pineal gland, where melatonin is produced in the body, helps regulate hormones and circadian rhythms (daily metabolic balance). The pineal gland functions as a biological clock by secreting melatonin at night. (more…)

The “Dean of Melatonin Research” Gives Tart Cherries High Marks

Written By: Robin - Apr• 24•10

Dr. Russel Reiter never envisioned that he’d become a hero to U. S. tart cherry growers, but then again, he never imagined that melatonin, the simple, natural hormone he’d been studying for years would be found in such significant quantities in tart cherries.

“We were surprised at how much melatonin was in cherries, specifically the Montmorency variety,” says Reiter. The only other fruits that have been examined to date are bananas and pineapples, and both have comparatively low melatonin levels. “Cherry juice concentrate, which involves greatly reducing the water content, has ten times the melatonin of the raw fruit.” (1)

Produced in the pineal gland at the base of the brain, melatonin controls sleepiness at night, wakefulness in daytime and functions as an antioxidant to help the body destroy free radicals.(2) Recent research conducted by Dr. Reiter at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, quantified the availability and activity of melatonin found in cherry products. The results were astonishing. Cherries contain an extremely significant quantity of melatonin, enough to produce positive results in the body. (more…)

Cherries lowers Blood Urate Levels

Written By: Robin - Apr• 24•10

New research adds to the in vitro evidence that compounds in cherries may inhibit inflammatory pathways. Dr. Robert A. Jacob with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Western Human Nutrition Center at the University of California at Davis and a team of researchers reported the findings from their study in the June 2003 issue of The Journal of Nutrition. Ten healthy women, ages 20 to 40, consumed 45 fresh sweet cherries.

The results show that all the women had lower blood uric acid levels after consuming the cherries; the average reduction in blood uric acid levels was 15 percent. Gout, a painful disease of the joints, is associated with high uric acid levels. These high uric acid levels also can indicate future heart attacks and strokes. Information about the study also was featured in the December 2003 issue of Prevention magazine.

Dr. Jacob believes that the anthocyanins in the cherries is what caused the decrease in blood urate and that eating cherries may help lower heart attack and stroke risk. Jacob says canned or dried tart cherries and tart cherry juice contain the same anthocyanins as the fresh sweet cherries used in the study. One serving of cherries a day should have some benefit, according to Dr. Jacob.

Pain Relief Never Tasted So Good

Written By: Robin - Apr• 24•10

By Tina Miller, MS RD Nutrition lecturer, Dietetics Department
Eastern Michigan University

Look at the person to your left, then to your right – chances are good that one of you battles arthritis pain every day. According to a recent survey, 70 million (one in three) Americans suffer from some form of joint disease, including osteoarthritis and gout. Pain from arthritis reduces mobility and quality of life. In fact, arthritis can be more than pain in your joints – it can be a pain in the wallet too! Americans spend over $1 billion every year on alternative therapies to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.

Unfortunately, there is no cure. However, there are reasonable natural, and even flavorful, methods to managing your arthritis or gout pain. Research has taught us that inflammation associated with arthritic disorders is the chief cause of discomfort. Foods that decrease inflammation can reduce the pain associated with arthritis. In particular, the Montmorency tart cherry is a leader among foods that possess anti-inflammatory properties. Bioactive anthocyanins (pigments) present in tart cherries are the powerhouses that help relieve inflammation. As an added bonus, these same anthocyanins may significantly reduce your risk for colon cancer, the third leading cancer in America.

How much do you need? While there is no set “prescription” for the use of tart cherries, most people benefit from consuming two tablespoons of tart cherry juice concentrate daily. If you’re on a low-acid diet, you can still use cherry juice concentrate, just be sure to consume it in combination with other foods, or at the end of a meal. Include consumption of tart cherries as part of your healthy eating plan everyday.

New Research Shows the Power of Cherries

Written By: Robin - Apr• 24•10

Recently published research conducted at Michigan State University (1) investigated a range of fruits and berries for the level and activity of anthocyanins found in each. Researchers analyzed the ability of the fruits to inhibit cyclooxygenase and act as antioxidants to destroy free radicals. The researchers then quantified the anthocyanin levels of tart and sweet cherries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, elderberries and bilberries.

Cyclooxygenase is produced in the body in two or more forms, termed COX-1 and COX-2, for different purposes. COX-1 is built in many different cells to create prostaglandins, which is used for basic “housekeeping” messages throughout the body. The second enzyme, COX-2, is built only in special cells and is used for signaling pain and inflammation. Some pain relief medication works by blocking the messages carried by COX-1, COX-2, or both, and thus the body does not feel pain or inflammation. The anthocyanins that are able to block COX-1 and COX-2 are called Anthocyanins 1 and 2, respectively.

Researchers discovered that the antioxidant activity of anthocyanins from cherries was superior to vitamin E at a test concentration of 125 g/ml. The COX inhibitory activities of anthocyanins from cherries were comparable to those of ibuprofen and naproxen at 10 M concentrations.

Anthocyanins 1 and 2 are present in both cherries and raspberries. The yields of pure anthocyanins 1 and 2 in 100 g in cherries and raspberries were the highest of the fruits tested at 26.5 and 24 mg, respectively. Fresh blackberries and strawberries contained only anthocyanin 2 at a total level of 22.5 and 18.2 mg/100 g, respectively; whereas anthocyanins 1 and 2 were not found in bilberries, blueberries, cranberries or elderberries.

(1) Seeram N. P., et al. Cyclooxygenase inhibitory and antioxidant cyaniding glycosides in cherries and berries. Phytomedicine. 2001 Sept 8 (5): 362-9.