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Cherry Juice Helps Insomnia!
Cherry Juice Makes You Sleep Better!
Researchers from Northumbria University, in a small but significant study, compared the effects of Montmorency tart cherry juice on a group of men and women to determine if the juice effected their sleep habits.
The results were dramatic. Those who drank the juice versus the placebo had about 40 minutes longer sleep time, stayed in bed sleeping longer, slept better overall, and had reduced nap time during the day.
Why Cherry Juice? How the Study Worked...
Cherry juice is rich in melatonin, a sleep hormone that our bodies produce, which decreases as we age. But tart cherries also have anti-inflammatory properties and both these factors effect our sleep habits.
In this study, participants were given one serving of Montmorency cherry juice (made from concentrate) when they awoke in the morning and one serving before they went to bed. Sleep activity was checked with a wearable monitor and melatonin levels were measured. The results were significant.
Cherry Juice: More Info!
This study, authored by Glyn Howatson and her colleagues at the university, was recently published in the European Journal of Nutrition. They further state, "This is the first study to show direct evidence that dietary supplementation with a tart Montmorency cherry juice concentrate increases circulating melatonin and can provide modest improvements in sleep time and quality in healthy adults with no reported disturbed sleep,"
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