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Tart Cherry Juice Rich In Melatonin Improves Sleep Behavior

December 8, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
A study by British researchers has found that drinking tart cherry juice twice a day leads to longer sleep time, less daytime napping and increased overall sleep efficiency. The researchers attributed the sleep benefits to the melatonin content of the pure Montmorency juice concentrate diluted in a half pint of water. The researchers, whose experiment included 20 adults, found that when participants had two daily glasses of tart cherry juice they slept 39 minutes longer, on average, and had up to a six percent increase in overall sleep efficiency (i.e., significantly less non-sleep time in bed), compared to when they drank a non-cherry, fruit cocktail.
G. Howatson et al., "Effect of tart cherry juice (Prunus cerasus) on melatonin levels and enhanced sleep quality", European Journal of Nutrition, December 08, 2011, © Springer
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