A Fruit Replaces Hormonal Sleep Aid

cherriesIf you’re having trouble getting enough quality sleep, try drinking tart cherry juice, according to research presented at the Experimental Biology 2014 meeting. Louisiana State University scientists say imbibing tart cherry juice, a rich source of melatonin, the sleep hormone secreted by the body’s pineal gland, twice a day for two weeks increases sleep time by nearly 90 minutes among adults with insomnia.

Tart cherries also increase levels of tryptophan, an amino acid the body uses to manufacture serotonin, a neurotransmitter that facilitates sleep.

It is increasingly important to find sleep aids without side effects, says co-author Frank L. Greenway, MD, director of the outpatient research clinic at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Courtesy of Healthy Living Magazine

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