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Article Type: Food facts From: Nutrition & Food Science, Volume 41, Issue 3
Tart cherries are one of the very few known food sources of melatonin, a hormone produced in the brain and released in the body by the pineal gland. Melatonin is nature’s sleep-regulating hormone and is crucial to the maintenance of regular sleep patterns. US studies conducted at the University of Texas Health Science Centre found Montmorency cherries contained 13.5 nanograms of melatonin per gram, much higher than the amount normally found in our bodies.
Research also shows that drinking cherry juice can significantly reduce known markers of inflammation – helping you repair the heart damage poor sleeping patterns may have caused (www.cherrygood.com) and slender silhouette that will allow you to ditch all those fad diets and achieve.