Can Montmorency cherries improve sleep?

Dr. Pina LoGiudice, LAc, ND
Naturopathic Medicine
The Montmorency cherry is a type of sour cherry. The color is not as dark as the cherries we typically see in the stores. These cherries are great because they have about six times the amount of melatonin than a regular cherry. If you can find a cherry juice concentrate, this will also increase the concentration of melatonin even more.

Melatonin is a hormone produced in your brain’s pineal gland. When it gets dark outside, your eyes sense the lighting change and starts making this hormone, which communicates to your body that it is time to prepare to sleep. Melatonin helps maintain your daily body rhythms and is an important antioxidant in the body known to fight cancer. In fact, low amounts are shown to increase risk of cancer.

You can find these special cherries in some fine food stores when they are in season. Sometimes they can be found in the frozen section, or look for a Montmorency cherry juice concentrate.
Dr. Mike Dow, PsyD
Addiction Medicine

Yes. There are different varieties of tart cherries; tart Montmorency cherries are the richest source of melatonin which will help you to sleep.

Look for it in fresh, concentrate, juice, or frozen form.

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