Melatonin and sleep quality are increased following tart cherry juice consumption

Glyn Howatson, Phillip Bell, Jamie Tallent, Benita Middleton, Malachy McHugh, Jason Ellis

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-315
JournalMedicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
Volume44
Issue numberS2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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