Tart Montmorency cherries contain high levels of phytochemicals that include melatonin. Considering the alleged rampant use of prescription sleep medications in professional sports with a lot of travel (e.g. NHL), cherry juice might be a viable non-pharmacological alternative. We hypothesized that consumption of a tart cherry juice concentrate would provide an exogenous supply of melatonin and have a positive influence on sleep.
|Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
|Published - 2012