Yesterday I had a coupon and bought some of this Organic Tart Cherry Juice.
Let me start out by saying that it tastes amazing.
Just like a homemade cherry pie - if you like that sort of thing.
But the reason I bought it was to use it as a sleep aid. In general I have a hard time settling down -
I have too many ideas floating around in my head!
But tart cherry juice has a high concentration of melatonin - the chemical released by our pineal gland that induces drowsiness and lowers body temperature. A friend of mine gives it to her son (he's about 7) to help him settle down before bed. I've only had it one night so I'll let you know how it works. But tart cherry juice doesn't stop there - here are some other benefits:
- powerful antioxidant (cancel's out cancer-causing free radicals)
- reduces inflammation in the body (therefore reducing pain caused by inflammation)
- reduces triglycerides - great for fighting heart disease
- sleep aid
From what I've read, you should take two glasses of it a day as a sleep aid - about 4oz in the morning and about 8oz 2-3 hrs before bedtime. Some people mix it with a sparkling water for fun - sounds good to me! Hope this was interesting and helpful -
have a healthy day,