Organic Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate
16 oz. glass bottle
Item catalog number: 10125 GL
100 % Pure Organic Certified Tart Cherry Juice
Dynamic Health Organic Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate is 100% pure, free from fat and gluten, with no sugar added. Tart cherries contain a nutritional goldmine of phenolics, which are naturally occurring plant compounds that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties. The main type of phenolic in cherries are anthocyanins. Tart cherries are also a rich source of melatonin (see more below). The naturally occurring blend of phytonutrients and antioxidant compounds work synergistically to fight free radicals.
Tart Cherries have pleased the palates of food lovers for centuries. Now there are new reasons to love tart cherries. As a recent Newsweek article said "The day when doctors say - 'Take 10 cherries and call me in the morning' - may not be far off." According to ongoing research, tart cherries are a rich source of antioxidants that can help maintain heart health, joint health and blood circulation.
The secret is in the pigments that give tart cherries their rich red/black hue. They belong to a class of natural dyes called anthocyanins. These compounds are being called "Mother Nature's all-natural chemotherapy agents." In addition to the antioxidants, tart cherries are rich in two important flavonoids - isoqueritrin and quercetin. According to leading researchers, quercetin is one of the most potent agents ever discovered. Consuming it in foods, such as tart cherries, is like unleashing inside your body an entire army of agents that are adept at neutralizing harmful oxidants in the body.
- USDA Organic Certified
- All Natural Ingredients
- No Preservatives
- No Sugar Added
- Fat Free
- Cholesterol Free
- Ideal For Smoothies
- Traditionally used to help relieve arthritis and gout pain
- Traditionally used to help maintain heart health and blood circulation
- Delicious Healthy Toppings
- Beneficial As A Dietary Supplement
Mix 1 part Dynamic Health Organic Certified Tart Cherry Juice concentrate with 5 parts water, seltzer, or juice. Refrigerate after opening. Free of gluten, fat, and added sugar.
|Serving Size: Conc. 2 Tbsp (30 ml)|
|Servings Per Container: 16|
|30 mL||%DV*||100 mL||%DV*|
|Calories (Energy)||70 (293 kJ)||230 (961 kJ)|
|Total Fat||0 g||0%||0 g||0%|
|Cholest.||0 mg||0%||0 mg||0%|
|Sodium||10 mg||0%||25 mg||1%|
|Total Carb.||15 g||5%||50 g||17%|
|Sugars||14 g||45 g|
|Protein||<1 g||<1%||1 g||2%|
|Not a significant source of Saturated Fat, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Calcium and Iron.
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Everything You Need to Know About Melatonin
Melatonin plays several major roles in maintaining a healthy immune system: sleep regulation, powerful and unique antioxidant, and its effectiveness at raising glutathione. This page will also provide information on where this hormone is produced, how much naturally occurs in our bodies, how it is depleted, what foods have it, and considerations for supplementation.
Melatonin, known chemically as N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine, is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland located at the base of the brain that helps regulate sleep and wake cycles. This hormone is a derivative of the neurotransmitter serotonin and the amino acid tryptophan.
ROLE AS A SLEEP REGULATOR
Our bodies have their own internal clocks that help regulate the natural cycle of sleeping and waking hours (circadian rhythm) by controlling the production of melatonin. Usually, the levels of this hormone begin to rise in the mid- to late evening, remain high for most of the night, and then decline in the early morning hours. According to the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms, approximately 5-25 mcg of melatonin are secreted into the blood stream of healthy young and middle-aged men at night time.
Natural production is greatly affected by light. That is why during the shorter days of the fall and winter months, melatonin production may start earlier in the day. This change can lead to symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or winter depression, when some people feel more tired and they need more sleep. Natural melatonin levels decline gradually after the age of thirty. Some elderly people produce very small amounts of it or none at all.
ROLE AS AN ANTIOXIDANT
Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant that can cross cell membranes, cross the blood-brain barrier, and it plays a role in stimulating other antioxidants – this makes it a truely unique antioxidant. It is considered more powerful than vitamins C, E and A, because it is soluble in both fat and water and can enter cells that vitamins cannot. Unlike other antioxidants, it does not undergo redox cycling, which is the ability of a molecule to undergo repeated reduction and oxidation and regain its antioxidant properties (in other words, it cannot be recycled). That is why it is referred to as a terminal antioxidant.
Melatonin has been shown to effectively raise glutathione levels in many tissues, such as the brain, liver, blood serum and muscles.
Each antioxidant plays specific roles within our bodies. One of the roles melatonin plays is in the protection of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA. Of course this requires some explanation first. DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid. It is found in the nucleus and in the mitochondria of the cell. DNA is the genetic material that is responsible for determining who and what we are. Nuclear DNA is the DNA found in the nucleus of the cell. Mitochondrial DNA is found within the cell; mitochondria are structures within cells that convert the energy from food into a form that cells can use. Click here for more information on Mitochondrial DNA. This is a lot of in-depth information about melatonin, but it is presented to stress how important of a role it plays in protecting our health.
DNA repair is a vital role in our health. The oxidative stress producing free radicals damages our DNA. The DNA is surprisingly resilient but it can function properly when damaged only to a certain degree. At some point, the damage becomes too severe and the cell starts duplicating itself uncontrollably. Our body recognizes this as a foreign cell (cancer or tumor) and attacks it. If our body’s attack is successful we are never aware it occured. But if it is not successful we develop cancer. So, melatonin repairing DNA before it gets to this severe point is vitally important to the success of immune system in keeping our bodies cancer and tumor free.
As an antioxidant melatonin is a potent scavenger of free radicals. It has been studied extensively for the treatment of cancer, immune system disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, cardiovascular disease, and depression.
ROLE IN HEALING
Most of us know that we heal the fastest when we sleep: why? The answer to this question is not a straightforward answer. But a big part of the answer has to do with glutathione, antioxidants and melatonin.
Antioxidants eliminate free radicals and in cases like melatonin and glutathione, antioxidants can also repair DNA. So what is the relationship of these three things and how do they affect the healing proses when we sleep?
To start, when we lack an antioxidant or are low on specific antioxidants, glutathione takes on their role (job so to say) of eliminating free radicals. This tends to deplete glutathione supplies in the body, which then inhibits or slows down all the other roles that glutathione plays in our body – detoxification, DNA repair, recycling other antioxidants, transfer of energy from mitochondria to the cell, food for the immune system and as an immune system regulator.
When melatonin is produced, as an antioxidant it frees up glutathione (this is proven clinically). With the freeing up of glutathione, glutathione is then free to perform its other roles. Two of the most important roles are food for the immune system and toxin removal. The healing process is greatly inhibited by the presence of pathogens and toxins. So while this answer is not direct, by following the path of antioxidants, melatonin and glutathione, and understanding the interactive role they have with one another, we can see how melatonin production increases glutathione and in turn speeds the healing process.
WHAT DEPLETES NATURAL MELATONIN PRODUCTION?
Of great interest are the studies about the effect of light pollution on the production of melatonin and as a result, the impact on the metabolism, immune function, endocrine balances and the development of cancers.
Light pollution is the brightening of the sky at night by artificial lightning of highways, streets, malls, stadiums, homes, etc., also called urban sky glow. Retinal ganglion cells responsible for detecting light and suppressing melatonin production are most sensitive to blue/violet light.
The 2007 review published in the Journal of Pineal Research states that human exposure to low-level incandescent lightning for only 39 minutes suppresses melatonin levels upto 50%. As we stated above, melatonin stimulates Glutathione synthesis. Constant light exposure leads to melatonin deficiency which leads to decreased tissue Glutathione peroxidase activity and the promotion of oxidative stress.
Current evidence suggests, as noted in the review The dark side of light, exposure to the high levels of artificial light at night may play a role in cancer risk. Studies have indicated that melatonin exerts a direct effect on tumor growth and proliferation, and the increased risk of cancer was observed in patients with the brightest bedrooms. Multiple studies have documented a link between night shift work and an increased incidence of breast cancer.
Read the full text of this review here: “The dark side of light at night: physiological, epidemiological, and ecological consequences” by Kristen J. Navara and Randy J. Nelson. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
Another factor that reduces melatonin production is certain drugs: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve); beta-blocker blood pressure medications such as atenolol (Tenormin) or metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol); and medications that reduce levels of vitamin B6 in the body (such as birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, loop diuretics, hydralazine, or theophylline).
About Dynamic Health:
Dynamic Health Laboratories, Inc. is a New York State Corporation established in 1994. They are licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture and adhere strictly to FDA GMP guidelines. Their products are certified kosher. Dynamic Health's specialty is manufacturing super fruit juices, juice concentrates and liquid dietary supplements. Liquids are their focus because they are easier to digest, more readily absorbed and easier to swallow than tablets or powders.
Dynamic Health travels the world to bring you only the highest quality ingredients with which they create their unique, delicious and affordable liquid health supplements. Their products are easy to use and synergistically formulated to integrate traditional wisdom into every product. Their company mission is to constantly create new and effective liquid dietary supplements that satisfy the nutritional needs of the retail consumer. Their goal is to combine premium quality ingredients to create a finished product that is both palatable and affordable to our worldwide consumer. Dynamic Health products are currently available around the world; however, they continually strive to seek out new markets in the growing global economy.
Dynamic Health Company Mission:
Dynamic Health's Company Mission is to constantly create new and effective liquid dietary supplements that satisfy the nutritional needs of the retail consumer. Their goal is to combine premium quality ingredients to create a finished product that is both palatable and affordable to the worldwide consumer. Dynamic Health products are currently available around the world; however, they continually strive to seek out new markets in their growing global economy.