Tart cherries are loaded with important nutrients. You would have to eat an entire sack of them to obtain all of the nutrition you can get by sipping the juice. Many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents are in tart cherries. Tart cherry juice contains just 137 calories per 1-cup serving, and it is beneficial for cancer prevention, heart health, as an anti-inflammatory agent and offers protection against a host of other conditions.
Over 48% of Americans report suffering from insomnia occasionally and at least 22% of Americans report suffering from insomnia almost every night. Women are 1.3 times more likely to suffer from insomnia than men. But what causes insomnia? Insomnia can be caused by several different reasons ranging from medications like antihistamines and beta blockers to diseases like lupus and fibromyalgia to sleep disorders like sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.
These findings were presented Monday, April 28, at the “Dietary Bioactive Components: Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Effects of Dietary Bioactive Components” section of the annual meeting of the American Society of Nutrition, which is being held in conjunction with the Experimental Biology 2014 meeting in San Diego. The findings have been submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Insomnia is linked to a higher prevalence of chronic pain, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and a decline of cognitive function, or dementia. Individuals with insomnia may turn to sleeping pills; however, these sedative medications have been found to increase risk of falls in the elderly which makes it increasingly important to find more natural sleep-aids without these apparent side effects, said co-author Frank L. Greenway, MD, director of the outpatient research clinic at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University.
“Sleeping pills may be an option for younger insomniacs, but …
Tart cherries are a good natural source of melatonin, the brain hormone that regulates your body's internal clock. Melatonin is also an effective remedy for some forms of insomnia, according to CoxHealth. A study published in the December 2012 issue of the “European Journal of Nutrition” found that 7 days of supplementation with tart cherry juice improved volunteers' length of sleep and ability to fall asleep and remain asleep. Researchers concluded that tart cherry juice may be beneficial for improving sleep quality and managing sleep disorders.
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