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Monday
Jan092012

Cherry Juice for a Good Night’s Sleep

Tart cherries may help relieve muscle pain, arthritis pain and the pain of gout better than anti-inflammatory drugs, but here’s a potential new use that might be worthwhile if you need help sleeping. Researchers at Britain’s Northumbria University found that adults who drank two daily glasses of tart cherry juice slept up to six percent more efficiently (less non-sleep time in bed, and about an additional 39 minutes of sleep) than usual. This was a small study - only 20 volunteers participated. They all drank two servings of tart cherry juice concentrate diluted in a half pint of water or a non-cherry fruit drink for seven consecutive days at a time, one glass when they woke up and the second when they went to bed. Researchers who tracked the participants’ sleep habits found that after drinking the cherry juice they slept longer and napped less during the day than they did when they drank the non-cherry fruit drink. They attributed the sleep improvements seen with tart cherry juice to the small amounts of melatonin it contains. The study was published online on October 30 by the European Journal of Nutrition.

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Reader Comments (6)

Thanks! I wouldn't have to buy sleeping pills after reading this. :)

- James

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPostcard Printing

What is the best Cherry Juice to drink?

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

There's a 'cherry juice extract' that you can take as a supplement instead of drinking the liquid. It does help you sleep... at least it did for me the few times I tried it. I couldn't drink that much liquid before bedtime because that would make me FOR SURE wake up in the middle of the night.

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjannz

THANKS AS ALWAYS FOR THE TIPS I HAVE BEEN AN INSOMIAC SINCE THE AGE OF 8 AND TO LIKE LIKE MEDS SO I WILL TRY THIS ! KEEP SMILING

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna Mulios

In Turkey sour cherry juice is sold as, "VISNE SUYU"...it is one of THE most popular juices there.
WHY can't anyone begin to import THIS juice from one of the companies....I like the company, DIMES the best. Their juice is wonderful!
Gees, we import all kinds of things from questionable sources, why not import this wonder juice from Turkey?!

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

Mmmm! I can't wait for the farmer's market to bring those tart cherries every summer! I crave those l'il suckers when they're in season :)

January 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
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