#13 Things To Do To Build Your Brain-Melatonin and Sleep

Mum called me one day, saying Dr. Oz recommended this simple remedy for sleep. I immediately got on the computer, did some research and now I’m drinking a glass before bed. According to a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, tart cherry juice has a high content of melatonin. Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant produced in the pineal gland. It’s mostly known for its ability to moderate and help balance the body’s sleep-wake cycle. The study had adults drinking a glass of the juice in the morning and in the evening for two weeks. The results showed significant reductions in insomnia severity.

Sleep is a major part of maintaining brain health. We all know what it feels like to have a restless, interrupted sleep. It’s hard to think! The brain doesn’t want to move quickly and memory, well, that just goes out the window.  Sleep not only refreshes, it allows the brain to reboot, assimilate and file information and while dreaming…entertain!

Though it’s mostly known for inducing sleepiness at night and promoting wakefulness during the day, because it’s an antioxidant, melatonin has other brain protecting properties as well. It can help reduce age-related inflammation, good for the brain; fights free radicals and free radical damage in the body, and the brain; aids in muscle recovery, for us old fogies who don’t recover as fast as we used to and reduces some of the risk factors associated with getting older. All good for the brain!

The key is to drink it regularly! I have my glass before bed. The study had participants drinking it two times a day. I use the concentrate and put it in a wine glass with fizzy water.  It tastes great and if it helps with sleep? I’m game!

Mind Medicine Prescription

¨      One to two glasses of tart cherry juice, morning and/or evening.

copyright 2011 @ Meza Health Systems, Inc.

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