CherryFlex™ contains Montmorency Cherry extract. These cherries have an extremely high anti-inflammatory content and the anti-inflammatory substance that has been found within the peel of the fruit contains the same enzyme as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.
Inflammation and pain to the affected joints are the main symptoms of Gout. Gout occurs as Uric acid builds-up within the bloodstream and is not excreted. This inflammation occurs when the body produces white blood cells to fight the acid. When this occurs, the inflamed area also produces heat.
The Uric acid appears in the form of needle like crystals which tear into the synovial sacks and cartilage between joints.
Montmorency cherries also contain a high concentration of antioxidants which help combat damage caused by free radicals (in this case, within the uric acid). Free radicals are oxygen molecules that possess incompatible pairs of electrons. The lack of compatible electrons cause free radicals to travel around the body creating mayhem as they try and steal electrons from other molecules. Antioxidants are molecules stable enough to give an electron to a free radical and thus neutralise it. Thus helping Gout sufferers maintain normal, healthy levels of uric acid.
Anthocyanins, rich phytochemicals called flavonoids, are what give the cherries their colour, and are potent anti-inflammatory compounds. Research at Michigan State University found that cherries contained the highest levels of anthocyanins 1 and 2. These help block enzymes in the body known as cyclooxygenase 1 and 2 (more commonly known as COX 1 and COX 2) Seeram and Momin 2001. Some pain medications work by inhibiting COX 1 & 2 which may explain the Monmorency cherry's ability to help ease arthritic and gout pain due to its powerful anti-inflammatory and pain easing properties.
Montmorency cherries also contain Melatonin, a potent antioxidant that helps improve the body's circadian rhythms and sleep patterns. Burkhardt, 2001, conducted a study that found cherries contained levels higher than normally found in human blood. CherryFlex™ contains a powerful extract of Montmorency cherries and this is the reason CherryFlex™ can help improve your sleep patterns.