Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Trouble Sleeping? Give Cherries a Try

Melatonin. You've probably heard of it before - it's a hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. But did you know that cherries are one of the best natural sources of the circadian-rhythm fixing hormone? As an added bonus, they're also high in antioxidants, which we all know by now are good for our health. At only 90 calories per cup, these delicious little orbs contain 10% of the Daily Value for vitamin C and three grams of fibre.

Next time you have trouble sleeping (insomnia or jet-lag, anyone?) try noshing on a few cherries before bed-time. If they're not in season you can try them in their various forms such as juices, dried or frozen. Is anyone else's mouth watering?