Tart cherry is an herbal product made from the concentrated berries of a particular species of cherry. Popular for those wanting a restful night’s sleep due to its natural melatonin content, and also for those battling high uric acid levels in the joints, it is an age-old remedy that has supportive research and is seeing a resurgence in popularity today. Tart cherry is available in both liquid and capsule forms.
Cherries have been popular for millennia, for food, for their aesthetic appeal and also in herbal medicine. Tart cherries are the fruit of the Montmorency cultivar of the Prunus cerasus tree, and are loved for their culinary as well as for their potential therapeutic uses.
Tart Cherry Benefits
Tart cherry is a natural source of phytomelatonin, a plant-sourced naturally-occurring form of melatonin, the hormone responsible for balanced sleep/wake cycles. In our modern lives, melatonin production is easily disrupted, due to too many hours spent looking at screens, irregular sleep routines, working night shifts, jet lag and too much light. Tart cherry may support the body’s natural sleep patterns.
As well as this, tart cherry has traditionally been used to support the body’s response to painfully high uric acid levels, and may support maintenance of healthy uric acid levels in the blood.