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Tart Cherry Juice Could Help You Sleep

The trick is to drink it twice a day, not just at bedtime. A small study found that older adults who drank eight ounces of tart cherry juice morning and evening for two weeks had less trouble with insomnia and spent less time lying awake after they went to bed at night. First, the 15- person study participants drank the cherry juice twice a day for two weeks. Then, they consumed a comparable drink, containing no tart cherry juice for another two weeks. Their insomnia improved only during the time they drank the tart cherry juice, according to this very small study reported in the June 2010 issue of the Journal of Medicinal Food. The researchers, from the University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester and the VA Center of Canadaigua, said that the juice might have helped because tart cherries have a relatively high content of melatonin, a key neurotransmitter that regulates biorhythms and induces sleep. Tart cherry juice may not be the cure for everyone’s insomnia, but it could help, and the anthocyanins - antioxidants in the cherries - are good for you.

Although this study only looked at tart cherry juice and its effect on insomnia, there is no doubt that tart cherries are healthful in any form. Try this Tart Cherry-Apple Crunch for a healthy, fruit-filled dessert.

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Reader Comments (3)

I have been drinking cherry juice for sleep and it really helps, but the only thing is it spikes my blood sugar levels. I talked with my doctor about it and she recommended the cherry capsules from Fruit Advantage. She said they have more Melatonin than the juice and less sugar. I have been taking the capsules for the past two months and they haven't spiked my sugar levels.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBillie

I love this tip! I can't wait to tell my friend who suffers from insomnia. She can get unsweetened cherry juice at Trader Joe's.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

I tried some of those cherry capsules and I can actually sleep through the night without any issue. Thk you.

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandies
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