Natural Sleep Aid: Tart Cherry Juice

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One of the health benefits of tart cherry juice is as a natural sleep aid.

Tart Montmorency cherries are a rich natural source of melatonin, the substance that regulates the sleep-wake cycle in humans. Consuming tart Montmorency cherries increase melatonin in the body and thereby, improving sleep.

Studies showed that consumption of tart cherry juice improved sleep duration and quality in healthy men and women, and reduced insomnia severity in older adults.

Besides regulating sleep, the antioxidant melatonin also protects the nervous system against degenerative diseases and age-related damage, and fights free radicals.

Dr Oz Show: Tart Cherry as A Natural Sleep Aid
On Dr Oz Show, Dr Mike Dow (a pshychotherapist & addiction recovery expert) joined Dr Oz to talk about an all natural sleep aid: tart cherry.

How does tart cherry juice helps with sleep?
1. Tart cherry is a natural source of melatonin. Unlike prescription sleep medication, tart cherry is not habit-forming. It provides low levels of melatonin that do not leave you feeling groggy after you wake up.

2. Tart cherry contains carbs that help to release serotonin in the brain. This so called “happy” hormone makes you less anxious and more peaceful when you go to sleep.

Look for tart Montmorency cherry as this variety is the richer source of natural melatonin.

Who can benefit from tart cherry juice?
People who experience interrupted sleep (wakes up frequently) or not sleeping long enough.

4 Ways to Take Tart Cherry As a Natural Sleep Aid
1. Tart cherry juice: 8 oz,  90 mins prior to bedtime.
2. Tart cherry juice concentrate: mix 1 ounce of concentrate with 7 ounces of water. Drink 2 glasses per day.
(1 ounce tart cherry juice concentrate = 100 fresh tart cherries)
3. Frozen tart cherries = 2 cups, 90 minutes prior to bedtime.
4. Dried tart cherries = 1/4 cup, 90 minutes prior to bedtime.

Where to Buy Tart Cherry Products
At a local health food store or you can find a variety of tart Montmorency cherry products here.

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