Older people often have insomnia, but standard medications can increase falls and have other side effects. In this pilot study, eight adults over age 50 with confirmed insomnia took a placebo or 240 ml of tart cherry juice twice per day. After two weeks, sleep time increased by 84 minutes, and more of the time in bed was spent sleeping.


Discussing the findings, doctors said they believe that procyanidin-B2, a B-complex vitamin in tart cherry, may increase the availability of naturally occurring tryptophan in the body by inhibiting an inflammatory factor that degrades tryptophan.


Reference: American Journal of Therapeutics; March, 2017, Published Online
Natural Insights for Well Being March 2018
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