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Tart cherry juice could help insomniacs: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Apr. 29, 2014

Tart cherry juice could help insomniacs: Study


 

Enjoying some tart cherry juice in the morning and evening may help people sleep better at night, a U.S. study has found.

The researchers at Louisiana State University found drinking tart cherry juice for two weeks increased the length of sleep by nearly 90 minutes among study participants who had insomnia.

"Sleeping pills may be an option for younger insomniacs, but for older people these medications quadruple the risk of falling, which can lead to broken hips and, often, earlier death," co-author Frank Greenway said in a press release.

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The juice was made from the Montmorency variety of sour cherry. The cherries contain melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle.

The study was funded by the Cherry Marketing Institute, but researchers noted the group had no role in the study design, data collection, analysis or preparation of the presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Nutrition this week.

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