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Cherry Juice Increases Sleep Time By 84 Minutes

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Seniors who have difficulty sleeping may want to drink some tart cherry juice: A new study found it helped seniors sleep 84 minutes longer.

"Insomnia is quite common among older adults and it can lead to a range of health issues if left untreated," said lead researcher Jack Losso, professor in the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge.

"However, many people are hesitant to resort to medications to help them sleep," he continued. "That's why natural sleep remedies are increasingly of interest and in demand."

Men and women 50 years or older with chronic insomnia and a usual bedtime between 9 p.m. and midnight participated in this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Insomnia was defined as trouble sleeping on average three nights per week, with an Insomnia Severity Index score greater than or equal to 10, and meeting the International Classification of Sleep Disorders-2 criteria for insomnia.

Participants were randomly assigned to either a Montmorency tart cherry juice group or a placebo control group. Those in the Montmorency tart cherry juice group consumed about 8 ounces (240 mL) of Montmorency tart cherry juice in the morning and at night, one to two hours before bedtime, for 14 days.

The juice contained a measured level of procyanidin, a type of polyphenol.

Participants in the placebo group consumed a drink designed to look and taste like cherry juice.

After two weeks of consuming Montmorency tart cherry juice or the placebo drink, subjects had an overnight sleep study, and blood was drawn to evaluate inflammation. The subjects also answered questionnaires and were questioned about any adverse events.

After a two-week washout period, the subjects switched groups, and the two-week testing period was repeated.

When compared to a placebo, Montmorency tart cherry juice was found to significantly extend sleep time by 84 minutes. Blood tests also found a reduction in inflammation.

Montmorency tart cherries are the most common variety of tart cherries grown in the U.S., and are available year-round in dried, frozen, canned, juice and concentrated forms.

The study was published in the American Journal of Therapeutics.

A 2016 study conducted by Britain's Northumbria University found cherry juice lowers blood pressure. In the study, researchers gave men with hypertension about 2 ounces of either tart Montmorency cherry juice or a placebo cherry-flavored drink.

The participants who drank the cherry concentrate saw a peak reduction in their blood pressure of 7 mmHg in the three hours after consuming the drink. Those participants with blood pressure levels at the higher end of the scale saw the most benefit. Researchers believe that the heart-healthy benefit comes from the high amounts of phenolic acids — a powerful antioxidant — found in the cherry juice.

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