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Experience insomnia? How sour cherry juice can help you sleep

Experience Insomnia? How Sour Cherry Juice Can Help You Sleep

If you struggle with insomnia it can be frustrating, you may have tried several natural remedies to improve your sleep. But have you ever considered sour, also known as tart, cherry juice? This natural beverage has been used for centuries to encourage rest. Let’s explore why it’s a great addition to your sleep-health routine. 

What is sour cherry juice?

Sour cherry juice is typically made with Montmorency cherries, a variety native to France. Sour cherries are uniquely rich in potassium, iron and magnesium, as well as high-strength antioxidants called anthocyanins and procyanidins.
Sour cherry juice has been shown to target many areas of health, including muscle recovery, brain function, inflammation, and even sleep (1).

Does sour cherry juice help you sleep?

Most evidence suggests sour cherry juice supports sleep because it’s rich in melatonin. Naturally produced in response to darkness, melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle (circadian rhythm)
A 2012 study of older adults with insomnia found that sour cherry juice had similar or better effects on sleep onset than melatonin supplements, which are widely used as a sleep aid, especially in North America (2). Melatonin supplements are not authorised for sale in the UK and are provided by healthcare practitioners on prescription-only.
A later study found that participants who drank cherry juice twice daily for two weeks extended their overall sleep time and efficiency by 84 minutes (3). The study also suggested that sour cherry juice may increase the bioavailability of tryptophan, an amino acid involved in melatonin production. You can read more about taking tryptophan (5-HTP) for sleep and anxiety here.
While these studies on sour cherry juice are limited, the findings revealed it had a mild to moderate improvement in sleep, which is still promising and worth considering.

What cherry juice works the best for sleep?

Not all cherries support sleep. To get the best results, you need to look for tart or sour varieties since these contain the most melatonin.
Our high-strength sour cherry juice, CherryMax, is an excellent addition to your sleep routine. We recommend taking 10ml (2 teaspoons) daily – once in the morning, and one hour before bed.

Sour cherry juice and magnesium

Many people combine sour cherry juice and magnesium to improve sleep. Magnesium plays a critical role in the nervous system, emotional health, and muscle function, which is why it’s often recommended for sleep and relaxation.
For adults, simply stir two teaspoons of CherryMax into a glass of water or sparkling water, add one level scoop of MagAsorb® Magnesium Citrate and mix to create a delicious-tasting, sleep-enhancing mocktail.
If you’re already taking a supplement containing magnesium, please speak to one of our expert Nutrition Advisors to see if this recipe is suitable for you.

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  2. Kent K, Charlton K, Roodenrys S, Batterham M, Potter J, Traynor V, Gilbert H, Morgan O, Richards R. (2017) "Consumption of anthocyanin-rich cherry juice for 12 weeks improves memory and cognition in older adults with mild-to-moderate dementia." European Journal of Nutrition. 56(1):333-341.

  3. Chai SC, Davis K, Zhang Z, Zha L, Kirschner KF. (2019) "Effects of Tart Cherry Juice on Biomarkers of Inflammation and Oxidative Stress in Older Adults." Nutrients. 11(2):228.

  4. Pigeon W, Carr M, Gorman C, Perlis M. (2010) "Effects of a Tart Cherry Juice Beverage on the Sleep of Older Adults with Insomnia: A Pilot Study." Journal of Medicinal Food. 13(3):579-583.

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