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1. Today's quote
2. Get Your Melatonin For Sleep From Fruit
3. Download your free Tart Cherry Health Report
Thy lips, those kissing cherries, tempting grow.
—Demetrius, from William Shakespeare's, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Get Your Melatonin For Sleep
If you struggle with insomnia and sleepless nights...and are looking for something besides sleeping pills...here's something interesting you will definitely want to try.
From These Awesome Cherries
Because it works!
I posted an article on my website about the sleep-regulating hormone, melatonin. I've also written about foods that help you sleep.
In the foods article, I mentioned how tart cherries are an excellent natural method for helping with insomnia. That's because research has shown that tart cherries are the number one natural source of melatonin. And Montmorency tart cherries are the cherries with the highest levels of melatonin.
Today, I want to go into more depth about these incredible cherries and how you can use them to get your melatonin for sleep.
In addition, these cherries also have several other wonderful health benefits. These are all spelled out in a free report I have for you called, the Tart Cherry Health Report. (See the link at the bottom of the email.)
Even though the studies that were done on using tart cherries for sleep have been with small numbers of people, the results have been significant.
Not only that, the popularity of using tart cherries for various health problems has been hitting an all time high.
What a leading authority on melatonin says
One of the world's leading authorities on melatonin is Dr. Russel Reiter. He says tart cherries have significant amounts of melatonin. Increasing melatonin levels can produce positive results.
Not only that, he also says that as we age, the body produces less melatonin. So adding melatonin, in the form of tart cherries, can help people sleep better as they get older.
And thousands of people are indeed finding that tart cherry juice does work for solving their sleep problems.
One study...published in 2010 in the Journal of Medicinal Foods...found that for people over age 65 who had insomnia, tart cherry juice had a modest, but beneficial effect on their insomnia.
It helped especially for people who had sleep maintenance insomnia, which is a type of insomnia of waking in the middle of the night.
An even more interesting study, published in December 2012, showed that tart cherry juice concentrate increased melatonin levels in healthy men and women. The effect was an improvement in sleep duration and quality. People who took tart cherry slept on average an extra 39 minutes each night.
So whether you wake up several times a night...or don't feel as though you are sleeping long and well enough...tart cherries can help you.
What I really like about tart cherries is that the levels of melatonin in the fruit are low.
High doses of melatonin, above the one milligram level, can create problems for many people. The melatonin levels in tart cherries, tart cherry juice or powder, on the other hand, are far below one milligram.
How to use tart cherries for sleep
There are several ways to take tart cherries. However, in my opinion, there is one way that is the best, which I'll mention last.
1. Drink tart cherry juice. About 90 minutes before bedtime, drink an eight ounce serving. This will allow the melatonin a chance to go to work.
2. Drink tart cherry concentrate. I couldn't find the juice in my small town but the health food store did carry concentrate. Take one ounce of the concentrate, add seven ounces of water, and drink it, again, 90 minutes before bedtime. In one of the studies, they had people drink this mixture once in the morning, and once at night.
3. Eat two cups of frozen tart cherries 90 minutes before bed. This doesn't sound appealing to me. And I can't even find frozen tart cherries.
4. Have a bedtime snack of 1/4 cup of dried tart cherries.
5. Take tart cherry juice capsules. I think the capsules are the best way to go. Here's why.
First, drinking the juice could cause you to wake up in the middle of the night to pee.
Second, with the capsules, research shows you're getting more melatonin. You'll get about 50% more naturally occurring melatonin for sleep than you would with the concentrate. That's because the capsules contain the entire cherry, including the skin and pulp.
This amount of melatonin is a healthy level, still below one milligram.
Where to get the best capsules and juice
I grew up in Michigan, and Michigan is the king of the hill when it comes to growing tart cherries. About 75% of the cherry crop in the United States comes from Michigan. So it makes sense to get your cherries from Michigan!
Traverse Bay Farms/Fruit Advantage, in Michigan, is my choice for cherries. Two capsules provide 1200 milligrams of tart cherry per serving. This is the highest level you can possibly get.
They also have an excellent tart cherry concentrate.
Traverse Bay Farms is all about using several different types of fruit for health purposes. The site has a wealth of health information you'll want to check out.
They even have international shipping for people outside the United States.
Click here to see the good things they have to offer.
Download your free tart cherry report here
All you have to do is click the following link, and the report is yours. Just save it to your desktop.
The report goes into detail about the health benefits of tart cherries. These include heart health, gout, joint, and muscle pain too.
The report also has dozens of recipes you can try.
Click here to download the Tart Cherry Health Report.
What's coming up in future issues
I've been doing a lot of research on sleep and health.
I'll be sending out this information to you including an issue on the largest chronic health condition in the United States.
Millions have it and don't know it. Doctors misdiagnose it. And it's deadly.
Okay, that's it for today's chat. Hope I helped you.
Life is an adventure. Keep exploring.
I'm outta' here. We'll chat soon.
Sleep & Health Writer
P.O. Box 95
Dahlonega, GA 30533
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