If you have trouble sleeping, you might want to add tart cherry juice concentrate to your grocery list.
Research published in the European Journal of Nutrition, found two servings of the juice daily helped study participants sleep longer, leading to less daytime napping and increased sleep efficiency.
The study, conducted at Northumbria University, tracked sleep quality of 20 participants who were given one ounce of tart cherry juice concentrate upon awakening and before going to bed, mixed in a pint of water.
Cherry juice drinkers reported better sleep – specifically they slept 39 more minutes and spent 6 percent more time in the bed sleeping instead of awake, compared to when they were given a non-cherry juice drink.
The researchers suggest melatonin in tart cherry juice provided the sleep benefits found in the small study.
Other benefits of cherries include might include relief of arthritis pain, including gout, heart disease prevention from the anti-inflammatory effect of antioxidants in the fruit and relief of exercise induced muscle pain.
A study published February, 2011 in the journal “Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise” found cherry juice helped athletes recover more quickly from intense exercise.
The authors aren’t recommending tart cherry juice as a primary sleep aid, but they concluded the juice could be used in combination with other approaches for insomnia.
The study found people given two servings of tart cherry juice a day slept longer and more efficiently and spent less time napping during the day.
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