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?
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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