Key Ingredients

Montmorency Cherries scientifically shown to contain antioxidants beneficial to a range of health ailments

Montmorency Cherries (tart cherries) are rich in antioxidants and contain potent phytonutrients including Anthocyanins – pigments that have been linked to a range of health benefits – and melatonin, which may help improve sleep.

There is ever-growing evidence on the health benefits of tart cherries. Research suggests they may reduce inflammation and ease the pain of joint conditions and fluid retention in lower limbs.

A preliminary study conducted in 1950 found that daily cherry consumption helped to relieve "gout attacks" and the pain associated with arthritis. After eating the cherries, the patients in the study had lower blood levels of uric acid. Elevated levels of uric acid are related to the onset and progression of gout.

Since then, numerous studies have corroborated this link, with results showing a 15% reduction in uric acid levels, as well as lowered nitric oxide and C-reactive protein levels (Jacob 2003). The researchers conclude that "...compounds in cherries may inhibit inflammatory pathways" associated with gout. Further studies have suggested that the consumption of cherries may be beneficial for the management and prevention of inflammatory diseases (Kelley 2006, van Acker 1995), including inflammatory pain (Tall 2004).

Anthocyanins

Tart cherries contain powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins – which provide the distinctive red color and may hold the key to the benefits locked inside (Chandra 1992,Wang 1997, 1999). Studies suggest that these disease-fighting pigments possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and anti-carcinogenic properties (Blando 2004).Tart cherries are one of the richest sources of anthocyanins.

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.

Melatonin

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.

A study conducted at St. Marianna University of School of Medicine in Japan discovered that feeding chicks a diet containing plants rich in melatonin raised their blood levels of melatonin, demonstrating that melatonin consumed within the diet is absorbed and enters the general circulation, after which it is able to bind to sites in the brain and other tissues (Hattori 1995). Researchers speculate that ingesting just a handful of tart cherries will increase melatonin levels within the blood, thereby improving the body's natural sleep patterns and potentially able to provide other health benefits.

AbsorbMax™ Clinically proven to enhance the absorption rate of CherryFlex™

AbsorbMax™ has been clinically proven to significantly enhance the absorption rate of CherryFlex's™ nutrients into the body.

To believe the more you consume nutrients, the more the body will use is not always true. Some nutrients taken at a higher dose may actually counteract the benefit and will not be absorbed by the body. If the nutrients are in the right place at the right time in the digestive tract then the supplemented nutrient absorption is enhanced.

AbsorbMax™ increases the bioavailability of nutritional compounds, meaning AbsorbMax™ provides a more effective method of nutrient transportation within the body, as the nutrients are absorbed much more rapidly into the bloodstream than in other competitor supplements.

Clinical Studies....The Science behind AbsorbMax™

AbsorbMax™ contains BioPerine. The subtle, yet potent properties of BioPerine have been measured in several clinical studies. These studies measured the absorption of three distinct categories of products. The categories evaluated with and without BioPerine were fat-soluble (beta-carotene), water-soluble (vitamin B6) and a mineral (selenium, in the form of selenomethionine).

Gastrointestinal absorption of all the studied nutrients, as measured by amounts present in the blood, increased dramatically when administered with BioPerine as compared to the control group receiving the nutrient alone. Selenium levels increased by 30%, beta-carotene increased by 60%, and the vitamin B6 increase was slightly higher than beta-carotene. All studies used BioPerine in the amount of 5 mg per dose.

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