Sufferers of occasional insomnia know that it can be a difficult condition to deal with. However, new research suggests that antioxidants in cherry juice may help lessen the effects of the condition, which may in turn support immune health.
A team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania examined the sleep habits of a group of older adults. They then gave the group of participants a cherry juice drink twice per day for a period of two weeks.
Study participants reported a significant reduction in sleeplessness severity. Additionally, the average time it took individuals to fall asleep at night was reduced by 17 percent.
“Tart cherries may help regulate the body’s natural sleep cycle and increase sleep efficiency, including decreasing the time it takes to fall asleep,” said Russell Reiter, who led the investigation. “And, because cherries are so rich in other antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, you get other important health benefits.”
Researchers speculated that these antioxidants, combined with healthier sleep patterns, may help support immune health. Individuals who get more sleep tend to be less prone to infection and illness.