Cherry Juice Sleep Benefits

Can tart cherries and drinking cherry juice really help with sleep? The answer to that question is a yes. Until recently, many of the hidden secrets of the Montmorency tart cherry were still a closely guarded secret of Mother Nature. Fortunately, thanks to emerging technology, we are able to uncover health advantages of this is popular fruit.

One of the areas many are interested in is the ability of the cherry juice to aid in sleep. Research has uncovered the cherry is nature’s #1 source of naturally occurring melatonin. Melatonin is naturally produced in the pineal gland. This gland is located at the base of the brain. Basically, this antioxidants helps to regulate the body’s normal rhythmic circle. In layman’s terms, it helps to keep us awake during the day and sleepy at night.

In fact, melatonin rises naturally during the nighttime hours and lowers during the daytime. The reason is the darkness stimulates it, while light actually causes it to decrease. They is why it is recommended not to watch television or work in a computer prior to going to sleep. In addition, you should never turn on the lights in your bedroom during the night, since if you do it will lower the melatonin in your body, making it harder to back to sleep.

So how can cherry juice help?

In a published study conducted with two leading universities, suggests that drinking cherry juice twice a day helped with sleep. The research was a joint study between the University of Pennsylvania, VA Center of Canandaigua and the Uinversity of Rochester.

The study was conducted on 15 older adults and during the study each participant was asked to either drink a placebo or the cherry juice twice daily for a two week period. The participants that drank the placebo expressed no difference in their sleep patterns. However, those who drank the cherry juice reported they experienced a more enjoyable sleep experience. In addition, they also slept an average of 17 minutes for per night, then those who drink the placebo.

One individual who has conducted research on cherry juice sleep benefits is Dr. Russell Reiter from the University of Texas, San Antonino. Dr. Reiter is often referred to as the “Dean of Melatonin” and is one of the world’s leading experts on the subject of melatonin. Here is a quote from Dr. Reiter, "when consumed regularly, tart cherries may help regulate the body's natural sleep cycle and increase sleep efficiency, including decreasing the time it takes to fall asleep," says Reiter. "And, because cherries are so rich in other antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, you get other important health benefits."

Here is a brief overview of the different types of cherry products and the amount of melatonin in each:

Cherry Products

Melatonin Levels

Fresh Tart Cherries:

Up to 13.5 nanograms (ng) of Melatonin per gram

Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate:

Has up to 10 times more the Melatonin per gram when compared to the raw fruit.

Tart Cherry Powder

137+ ng per gram

* Result conducted by Dr. Russell Reiter - *Cherry powder is used to make tart cherry capsules

As you can learn from the above information, the liquid delivers 10 times more melatonin then the fresh cherries.

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