Montmorency Cherries - a gift from nature
Montmorency Cherries are a rich source of antioxidants, melatonin, vitamins A, C, manganese, potassium, copper and vitamin K. They contain small amounts of B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega fats.
They're traditionally used to help with pain associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, fibromyalgia, insomnia, and can aid recovery after exercise. The brands I am most familiar with are Cherry Active Juice concentrate and Terra Nova SmoothMag, which is a powdered combination formula.
Cherry Active juice concentrate is commonly chosen to relieve gout, an extremely painful condition. Any of you who are suffering with this condition could try taking 30ml in water every day customers have told me it works wonders. The cherries help reduce blood levels of uric acid which is a common cause of gout. Gout can be a tricky one to treat but this functional juice could be the answer.
Montmorency cherries are a natural source of melatonin, an important hormone to help us to get to sleep. Darkness triggers melatonin. So a dark room and a dose of cherries could ensure a good night's sleep. You may prefer capsules to the juice or powder in this instance as you might not want any extra fluid before bed.
Cherry Active Juice concentrate is a favourite with sports people, especially runners. They like it because it after long runs or intense workouts they experience less muscle soreness and faster recovery time. You can take it before and after a training session or run for optimum results.
Terra Nova's Smooth Mag can also be used to help with gout, recovery after exercise, and for sleep. It combines all the benefits of the montmorency cherries with magnesium, B6, and Avena Sativa. The magnesium helps the muscles relax easing muscle soreness and stiffness in particular after exercise.
Avena Sativa is a fantastic herb for the nervous system easing anxiety, stress, and tension. It's a popular choice for sports enthusiasts after exercise to aid recovery. Smooth Mag comes in powder form; you add it to warm milk or water for a pleasant drink before bed to help you sleep and to support recovery and reduce pain and stiffness take after exercise.