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Melatonin Research

The most exciting area of research into tart cherries over the last couple of years has been the work done by Dr. Russel Reiter, the dean of melatonin research.

Dr. Reiter has been painstakingly unlocking the secrets of Melatonin for over 30 years. Investigations into the role melatonin plays in organisms and how it is produced has led to many startling discoveries. Apparently all organisms use melatonin and it influences wide variety of processes in the body.

It now appears that there is a strong link between diseases, particularly those associated with aging, and melatonin. This could prove to be one of the most revolutionary discoveries in the fields of nutrition, gerentology and a host of degenerative diseases.

When the link between diet and melatonin levels was discovered, Dr. Reiter began investigating dietary sources of melatonin in edible plants.

Lowering the High Price of Free Radicals
Endogenously produced melatonin may have a significant role in deferring a number free radical-related diseases and some pathophysiological changes associated with aging.
High Quantity of Melatonin Identified in Cherries
Montmorency tart cherries contain significant quantities of Melatonin. That was the surprising discovery made recently at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Russel Reiter, who has been studying melatonin for more than 30 years, headed up the research team. "Tart cherries, specifically the Montmorency variety, contain an extremely significant quantity of melatonin, enough to produce positive results in the body," says Dr. Reiter.


Tart Cherries Get High Marks
"We were surprised at how much melatonin was in cherries, specifically the Montmorency variety," says Reiter. The only other fruits that have been examined to date are bananas and pineapples, and both have comparatively low melatonin levels. "Cherry juice concentrate, which involves greatly reducing the water content, has ten times the melatonin of the raw fruit."



John King; Dr. Russel Reiter; Betsy King


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