The Shoreline Fruit Blog
Posted on Mar 08 , 2014 - 08:31 am
Even the healthiest person knows that with an active lifestyle full of rigorous activity and exercise come inevitable muscle pains. Whether you're an experienced marathon runner, or an off and on jogger, regular exercise can result in both a healthier body and sore muscles.
The good news is that significantly relieving those muscles pains may be as easy as enjoying the delicious taste of tart cherries.
Recent research suggests that the anti-inflammatory properties found in tart cherries may help significantly reduce the amount of muscle pain suffered post-exercise. This benefit is likely due to the natural antioxidant compounds found in cherries, called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are primarily the plant colorants that give cherries their red color, but also act as powerful antioxidants. More research is required to verify these findings, but tart cherries do provide an excellent source of carbohydrates for those working out intensely.
Muscle recovery and pain management starts before exercise, not after it. This is why consuming tart cherries for pain relief before exercising may be an advantageous decision.
Tart Cherry Juice for Pain
At Shoreline Fruit, our proprietary processing technology allows us to create the Cherry Bay Orchards brand of pure tart cherry juice concentrate. This means our cherry concentrate is not only free of additives and artificial flavors and colors, but it makes it one of the most wholesome Montmorency cherry juice available.
Whether it is cherry juice concentrate or dried cherries, Shoreline Fruit recognizes the powerful nutritional value of cherries. By providing healthy carbohydrates that may reduce muscle pain and the recovery time of people leading active lifestyles, cherries are a delicious, natural way to enhance your diet.
Posted on Feb 04 , 2014 - 03:15 pm
Melatonin is commonly sold as a supplement designed to help those suffering from insomnia or similar symptoms. Frequent travelers often use melatonin supplements to help fight off jet lag. Others simply use it to help get a good night's rest.
Normally, melatonin is simply sold in pill form. However, recent research has started to indicate that cherries may appear to be one of the few food sources of melatonin available. Melatonin may also be found, in trace amounts, in other fruits, like bananas. Current research indicates cherries may have a significantly higher concentration of melatonin, which may improve the sleep-aid properties. These new findings show great potential in that people could turn to a whole-food source, cherries, for similar effects.
Many stores stock melatonin tablets in their vitamin aisles. Tablets and other forms of artificially-created supplements are a convenient way to add a certain nutritional element to your daily diet. However, these supplements may not be as effective as natural food sources of the same element.
Unlike supplements, foods contain a variety of naturally occurring elements that may help support each other in the body. Research has suggested that the combinations of substances found in foods help the body absorb and use melatonin and other commonly supplemented chemicals.
Due to the potential combination of melatonin and other helpful substances in cherries, they may be more effective (and are definitely more enjoyable) than supplementing with expensive pills or tablets.
Benefits of Melatonin
Melatonin helps regulate the sleep cycle. Produced mainly in the pineal gland, melatonin is secreted into the body to help stimulate drowsiness and ready the body for sleep. Increasing the melatonin levels in your body can therefore help you go to sleep.
Further, melatonin is known as a powerful antioxidant. Eating tart cherries in any form may elevate the melatonin level above that of the normal level in the body.
Tart Cherries and Melatonin
While further research is required before a new diet is recommended, Shoreline Fruit recognizes the value of tart cherry products. Whether you add tart cherry concentrate to your beverage of choice or eat dried cherries as a delicious snack, they are definitely worth a shot. Try some Cherry Bay Orchards brand tart cherry products today!
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