Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tart Cherry Juice Could Help You Sleep and Relieve Arthritic Pain

Tart Cherry Juice Could Help You Sleep
The trick is to drink it twice a day, not just at bedtime. A small study found that older adults who drank eight ounces of tart cherry juice morning and evening for two weeks had less trouble with insomnia and spent less time lying awake after they went to bed at night. First, the 15- person study participants drank the cherry juice twice a day for two weeks. Then, they consumed a comparable drink, containing no tart cherry juice for another two weeks. Their
insomnia improved only during the time they drank the tart cherry juice, according to this very small study reported in the June 2010 issue of the Journal of Medicinal Food. The researchers, from the University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester and the VA Center of Canadaigua, said that the juice might have helped because tart cherries have a relatively high content of melatonin, a key neurotransmitter that regulates biorhythms and induces sleep. Tart cherry juice may not be the cure for everyone's insomnia, but it could help, and the anthocyanins - antioxidants in the cherries - are good for you

From Dr. Weil

It also helps a lot with pain from arthritis.  Both my husband and I get our twinges especially in the winter.  If we drink Cherry Juice, we feel a lot better.  His doctor wants him to stay away from NSAIDS because it works against some other medicine he's taking.  And I want to stay away from mega doses of NSAIDS just because they aid in cartilage deterioration.  Both of us don't take pain killers, or take minimal amounts of them, if we eat cherries.

Given the price of Cherry Juice, I went out this summer and picked 20 lbs of cherries and froze them up. I do drink Cherry Juice when I want something quick and handy.  But nothing perks you up in the dead of winter, especially those dreary February days when you are sluggish and achy than fresh fruit.  I do take  Cherry supplements which are nothing more than cherries and gelatin to make the pill when I have gotten sick of the taste of cherry.
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