Consumption of tart cherry juice improves length, quality of sleep due to amount of melatonin found in the juice, study says

LOS ANGELES , November 3, 2011 () – A U.K. study found that the consumption of Montmorency tart cherry juice significantly improved the length and quality of an individual’s sleep due to the amount of melatonin in the juice, reported on Nov. 3.

Melatonin is the hormone that controls sleep. The study showed that with a higher level of melatonin, the individual slept longer and had a better quality of sleep. This could mean good things for people who deal with sleep issues like insomnia and jet lag.

Twenty participants drank a 30-milliliter serving of the tart cherry juice for one week while their urine samples were monitored, wearing actigraphy watch sensors to monitor their sleep. Those who drank the juice had 15 to 16% more melatonin in their urine and reported less napping during their day and more total sleep time.

The primary source of this article is, Montpellier, France, on Nov. 3, 2011

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