PanaSea Marine Phytoplankton – Rich in Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice
When looking for a high quality base ingredient for our Marine Phytoplankton wholefood drink ‘PanaSea’ we could not go past the Award winning Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice.
PanaSea Marine Phytoplankton and why we chose Montmorency Tart Cherry as its base…
The Montmorency Tart Cherry (“Prunus Cerasus”) is a type of sour cherry (tart) that gets its name from a valley just north of Paris, France. The valley was named after one of the oldest and most distinguished families of the French nobility dating back to the 12th Century. Tart Cherries have a higher content of anthocyanins than sweet cherries and tart cherries also have an array of vitamins and compounds. Some of the vitamins in tart cherries are potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamins A, C, B6, E, and folic acid and many compounds found in tart cherries including melatonin. In fact tart cherries have 19 X as much vitamin A & beta carotene as strawberries and blueberries!! Tart Cherries contain naturally occurring melatonin, which is beneficial for maintaining healthy sleep patterns.
Cherry Juice Helped Lower Blood Pressure And LDL ‘Bad’ Cholesterol
One study in particular reported that Montmorency tart cherry juice helped lower systolic blood pressure and LDL or “bad” cholesterol in older adults by reducing certain biomarkers of inflammation and oxidative stress in older adults, click here to see the published study.
Montmorency tart cherries are a rich source of anthocyanins, a flavanoid and one of the major group of pigments. It is responsible for a tart cherries bright red hue and the colours in many other fruits vegetables and flowers. Anthocyanins possess natural, anti-inflammatory properties which can help joint pain caused by gout and arthritis. They also help to maintain healthy levels of uric acid and joint mobility and so very beneficial to our PanaSea Marine Phytoplankton formulation focusing on asssiting to reduce inflammation.
The oxygen radical absorbance capacity (‘ORAC’) or ability to attack free radical power of tart cherries differs on the form of the tart cherry, however 100g of tart cherries in tart cherry juice concentrate there are 12,800 ORAC’s, making the tart cherry one of the most potent sources of antioxidants in the world. Therefore extremely beneficial to our PanaSea Marine Phytoplankton formulation focusing on assisting to supply high quality antioxidants.
Tart cherries can lower uric acid levels which helps to prevent gout and reduce inflammation. This is why tart cherry juice is an excellent natural alternative for gout pain. A case-crossover study suggested that tart cherry ‘intake is associated with a lower risk of gout attacks’ (Zhang et al, 2012).
In 2014 an article by Janey Lee Grace quoted:
“A new study by Northumbria University shows that drinking a concentrate made from tart Montmorency cherries, which possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, can help clear excess uric acid from the body in just a few hours. I gave some to a friend suffering from severe fibromyalgia and she found it relieved her pain and helped her have a better nights sleep within a week of taking it daily. Dr Glynn Howatson from Nothumbria University led the research and said: “The study clearly shows that uric acid is lowered following consumption of the Montmorency cherry concentrate”.
It’s important to note that it’s not just any old cherries: Montmorency cherries are special and it’s unlikely that we can find them down our local market as they are grown in North America.” The Boston University Medical Center researchers findings were published in a supplement to the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism in 2012. “Cherry intake was associated with a 50 percent lower risk of gout flares over a 48-hour period,” said Hyon K. Choi, MD. “We extrapolate that cherries will continue to work long-term.”
Tart Cherry Juice has been shown in clinical trials to reduce the effects of exercise soreness, induced pain, Delayed Onset Muscle Syndrome (‘DOMS’) and aid muscle recovery.
Montmorency tart cherries contain a mix of natural antioxidant compounds, including anthocyanins. These help to reduce exercise-induced soreness and promote rapid recovery which in turn helps improve your quality of training. Increased antioxidant intake reduces damage from oxidative stress (free radical damage) (Rice-Evans C, 1999). This ability to reduce uric acid levels helps fight inflammation and DOMS (delayed onset muscle syndrome – the aches and stiffness you feel hours or the next day after a strenuous workout!) after exercise, helping you to recover quicker and exercise for longer.
Tart cherries are a natural source of melatonin – which helps in rest and sleep after exercise.The naturally occurring melatonin helps regulate sleep patterns. All in all, Montmorency tart cherries can help you take your sports performance to the next level.
Osteoarthritis is linked to inflammation and oxidative stress. In 2013 an article in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, reported that two 8-ounce servings of tart cherry juice per day for a period of 6 weeks resulted in a significant improvement in pain, physical functions and stiffness as well as a marked decrease in high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (which is a marker of inflammation). Therefore extremely beneficial to our PanaSea Marine Phytoplankton formulation focusing on assisting to reduce inflammation.
Insomnia / Tiredness
Melatonin is produced by the brain to maintain circadian rhythms to regulate healthy sleep cycles and help improve sleep patterns. Montmorency cherries, have shown in recent research to be one of the few food sources which contain high amounts of naturally-occurring melatonin.
Clinical evidence in 2011 demonstrates that tart cherry juice concentrate increases urinary melatonin levels and provides improved sleep time and quality in a healthy adult population’ (Howatson et al, 2011). Overall, the high levels of phytochemicals, including melatonin, in tart cherry juice is beneficial in improving sleep quality and duration. (Howatson et al, 2012)
In 2018 a study was conducted on the inhibitory potential of Montmorency tart cherries on glycemia regulation and other inflammation relevant enzymes to evaluate their effects. Tart cherry has inhibitory potentials against key enzymes used in carbohydrate digestion and linked to hypertension. It was shown that ‘some pairs of metabolites’ create interactions against XO enzyme inhibition. The management of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease is based on the control of glucose absorption, the reduction of associated hypertension and inflammation. So the inhibition of these enzymes provides a strong biochemical basis for the control. (Kirakosyan A et al, 2018)
In a 2016 study by Namvar Vansofla it was suggested ‘that Prunus cerasus [ tart cherry ] consumption could improve fertility rate by increasing progesterone receptor and HAS2 activity in cumulus cells.’