Research indicates that Montmorency tart cherry juice may help improve the quality and duration of sleep, reduce the severity of insomnia and increase overall sleep efficiency.
We all know the importance of sleep – but what you might not know is that being tired isn’t just about feeling grumpy. While a restful night can lead to a more productive day, inadequate sleep is linked to health problems like weight gain and high blood pressure. So it’s crucial to prioritize sleep.
To help them do so, many people turn to sleep aids, including melatonin pills. With Montmorency tart cherries, however, they may have a natural remedy to promote sleep that also tastes good.
Tart cherries are one of the few natural sources of melatonin, which is responsible for the regulation of the body’s internal clock and sleep-wake cycle. Researchers believe it’s the combination of melatonin and the anthocyanins in Montmorency tart cherries that might help you sleep better at night.
A look at the evidence.
Extends Sleep Time: New research found Montmorency tart cherry juice may be a promising new sleep aid for older adults suffering from insomnia. Study participants who suffer from insomnia, ages 50 and older, extended sleep time by 84 minutes after consuming Montmorency tart cherry juice for two weeks. Find more on this study here.
Improves sleep quality and duration: Adults who drank two servings of Montmorency tart cherry juice concentrate each day for seven days slept about 40 minutes longer on average and had up to a 6 percent increase in sleep efficiency, compared to the participants who drank another beverage. Find more on this study here.
What you can do:
Drink two 8-ounce servings of tart juice daily. Enjoy a glass in the morning with breakfast and incorporate another in your evening routine. Or enjoy a handful of dried Montmorency tart cherries as a bedtime snack.
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