According to research, the melatonin in tart cherry juice can help you sleep better and longer, and is particularly useful to those who need to manage disturbed sleep. Simply drink a glass of ruby-red cherry juice before you go to bed each night.
A number of scientific studies confirm the cherry-juice sleep-aid concept, including a recent one published by the School of Life Sciences that involved 20 people participating over a seven-day period. Urine samples showed that those who had drunk cherry juice had higher melatonin content—and it was they who slept the best. Those given a placebo-juice had no change in their sleep patterns or melatonin levels. What’s more, turns out the bright red color of cherries is key to its benefits, since that color is linked to its powerful antioxidant, anthocyanin content.