I am working on a new theory. Tart cherry juice is rich in melatonin or the precursor to melatonin. If I drank an 8 oz. bottle of tart cherry juice every day, would that elevate my blood levels of melatonin enough that it would help me sleep at night? And what would be the best time to drink the cherry juice?
Why not just take a melatonin tablet? You don't need much - 1/2 of a 3 mg tablet is way more than the brain produces. Tart red cherry juice is also known for helping with arthritis. Regards - Elizajane
You should try drinking it every night after dinner and see what happens. Our bodies only produce melatonin in the dark, so if its a precursor, I would think several hours before you need it would help. Let us know how your little experiment goes.
Hello yooper04. If you believe or agree to the theroy/fact that Melatonin helps in sleep, then I might suggest by 16/30 hrs. Regards, pledge
My comment so far is that i do not think the tart cherry juice helps all that much. Yes, it does most likely increase melatonin levels and for an average person that might be enough but for someone with chronic sleep problems it would be insufficient in and of itself.
However, the best purpose for tart cherry juice is for helping with arthritis pain and so it might be useful for my osteoarthritis problems. By the way, Knudsen makes the most palpatable tart cherry juice. All the others I have tried are really sour.
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