I’ve always had trouble sleeping. Anyone with insomnia knows it can be a real pain to deal with. I’ve tried everything from melatonin to meditation and found few improvements in my sleep quality. Even if I manage to fall asleep with a sleeping pill, I always end up waking groggy and exhausted.
A friend recently recommended that I try drinking a glass of tart cherry juice before I go to bed. Now I admit I was skeptical – how can a glass of juice be more effective than melatonin? Nevertheless, I gave it a try. Although I didn’t feel any immediate effects, I managed to fall asleep early that night and woke up feeling refreshed.
After doing more research, I found that tart cherry juice increases the natural bioavailability of tryptophan, which in turn increases your body’s natural production of melatonin. Perhaps this was what I was missing – taking melatonin wasn’t enough to help my body produce it naturally.
Ever since, I’ve been drinking tart cherry juice every night to combat fatigue. Not only does it help me sleep, but it is also a good source of magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, iron, and zinc. These compounds found in the juice help keep blood pressure low and contain anti-inflammatory properties, as well as antioxidants that reduce stress and improve exercise performance. There is absolutely no reason NOT to drink this wonderful juice!