New research shows Tart Cherry Juice can reduce pain, reduce risk of heart disease and be used as a sleep aide, which is why it’s being called the ultimate antioxidant.
For many people, sleep aids like melatonin just don’t do the trick. According to Dr. Oz, this is because of two main reasons: 1) Most people take way more melatonin than the recommended dose, it then becomes ineffective. 2) Many people take melatonin too late at night. In order for melatonin to work properly as a sleep aid, it requires 2-3 hours to circulate in the body. Try taking melatonin right after dinner to allow ample time for absorption.
Dr Oz has found a natural sleep aide. Dr Oz says drinking 8 ounces of Tart Cherry Juice can replace habit-forming prescription sleeping medication!
The Journal of Medicinal Food published a study on effects of a Tart Cherry Juice Beverage on the sleep of adults with insomnia. The study used a randomized, double-blind, crossover design where each participant received both treatment and placebo for 2 weeks with an intervening 2-week washout period. 15 adults with chronic insomnia, but otherwise healthy, were assessed by 2-week mean values from daily sleep diaries and disease severity by the Insomnia Severity Index. The tart cherry juice beverage was associated with statistically significant pre- to post-treatment improvements on all sleep variables.
When compared to placebo, the tart cherry juice produced significant reductions in insomnia severity. The results of the study suggest that CherryPharm, a tart cherry juice blend, has modest beneficial effects on sleep in adults with insomnia compared to studies of melatonin, the two most studied natural products for insomnia.
The other side of health benefits Tart Cherry Juice can aide in is reduce pain and inflammation. Oregon Health and Science University, Department of Medicine researchers have reported that drinking tart cherry juice for 7 days before and during a strenuous running event minimizes post-run muscle pain and potentially inflammation.
“The bottom line is those runners who used tart cherry juice had less inflammation and faster muscle strength recovery,” said Kerry Kuehl, M.D., associate professor of medicine (health promotion and sports medicine) in the OHSU School of Medicine and the lead author on the study. The results were published in a recent issue of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
Some side effects of the Tart Cherry Juice are it’s high in simple carbohydrates (high glycemic / sugar), so if you are diabetic or limiting your sugar consumption, read the food label to determine whether this juice is an option. Tart cherry juice is in fact tart, so dilution may be your answer.
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