Individuals who are having trouble sleeping and who are not interested in taking any over-the-counter or prescription medications may want to consider consuming cherry juice on a regular basis, according to a new study.
American researchers have reportedly found that drinking tart cherry juice every day may help people reduce the severity of insomnia and allow them to incur fewer sleep interruptions throughout the evening.
For the study, a research team from the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Rochester and the VA Center of Canandaigua enrolled 15 adults who were suffering from various degrees of insomnia, and assigned them to drink 8 ounces of tart cherry juice every morning and evening for a period of two weeks. Afterwards, participants were given a placebo juice drink that did not contain cherry extract.
Following another two weeks, the respondents were asked to record the effects that each beverage had on sleep habits.
The investigators found that patients reported significant reductions in the severity of their insomnia and improvements in the efficiency of their sleep patterns when they drank cherry juice. Consumption of the control drink showed no such benefits.
"When consumed regularly, tart cherries may help regulate the body’s natural sleep cycle and increase sleep efficiency, including decreasing the time it takes to fall asleep," said Russel Reiter, one of the world’s leading authorities on melatonin, an active ingredient in cherries. "And because cherries are so rich in other antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, you get other important health benefits."