(ARA) - The tart cherry has a lot of fans of both its taste and amazing health benefits. Some of the best news in recent years about the tart cherry is its ability to support joint health and provide relief from sore muscles. These have sparked increased awareness from both individuals and research organizations.

Many are searching for natural solutions to maintain healthy joints and the tart cherry has stepped up and answered the call. The tart cherry is becoming the natural product of choice to promote joint health, support cardiovascular health and reduce muscle soreness. That's because tart cherries are a rich source of antioxidants, including anthocyanins (responsible for the red skin color of the cherries) and melatonin, all of which can help the body destroy free radicals. Other fruits and vegetables do not have the pain relieving or anti-inflammatory properties of tart cherries.

Researchers believe the compounds that deliver the numerous health advantages of tart cherries may not come from a specific antioxidant, but from the synergistic effect of all of the natural compounds in tart cherries. So what should consumers look for when purchasing cherry products? According to cherry industry experts, when purchasing cherry products, consumers should review the label to make sure it contains significant amounts of tart cherries. Since research suggests it is the affect of all of the compounds in the tart cherry and not only one ingredient, the more cherry the better.

What is interesting are the many innovative cherry-based products introduced within the past year. One product worth reviewing is Fruit Advantage Cherry Prime. The company is based in Bellaire, Mich., near the heart of tart cherry farming. Cherry Prime, a patent-pending formula is a holistic approach and is a complete comfort complex.

The proprietary formula combines triple strength, pharmaceutical grade (99 percent pure) glucosamine and chondroitin with tart cherries. Each daily serving delivers 1500 mg of glucosamine, 1200 mg chondroitin and 425 mg of tart cherry. Cherry Prime delivers the maximum daily dose of glucosamine and chondroitin and the specific antioxidant equivalent of approximately one pound of tart cherries per serving.

Glucosamine and chondroitin have been the products of choice for self maintenance and personal care. Glucosamine and chondroitin are an excellent combination of supplements to assist in building cartilage and lubricating joints. In addition, these two ingredients have been the subjects of numerous double blind, placebo studies.

Glucosamine is an amino sugar that is naturally produced in the body. This compound stimulates cartilage cells and helps to form cartilage that is essential for joint health. According to studies, 1500 mg of glucosamine is the most beneficial daily dosage amount.

Chondroitin is important for joint lubrication and flexibility. Research suggests chondroitin may attract water into the joints, helping with joint lubrication. The most popular dosage of chondroitin is 1200 mg per day.

By combining these three ingredients, Fruit Advantage has introduced a truly innovative product used by professional athletics, massage therapists, professional trainers and anyone interested in enjoying a more active lifestyle. National Cherry Month benefits anyone interested in maintaining healthy joints and reducing muscle soreness.


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