Your Recipe For Health – Sour Cherry and Vanilla Juice

Which of these is known to promote sound sleep?

  1. Mango Chutney
  2. Elderberry Tea
  3. Tart Cherry and Vanilla Juice
  4. Warm Ginger Ale

Answer: Tart Cherry and Vanilla Juice

Most people struggle, at one time or another, with getting a good nights sleep. The reasons for poor sleep will vary from person to person. While there is no “miracle” cure for those suffering from poor sleep we have found some natural remedies that have been known to combat this problem.

At HealthyExaminer we believe that sleep is one of the pillars of great health. We have covered various articles on the subject. For further reading click here.

The following simple recipe should have you back on track and sleeping like a baby.

Why it works:

Sour cherries are a natural sleep aid because they contain rich amounts of melatonin.  Melatonin is a natural hormone that is produced by your body’s pineal gland and helps control your sleep cycles.   Read more about melatonin here.

According to this study, cherry juice has been found to have beneficial effects on sleep in older adults with insomnia.

Tart cherry juice also has other amazing benefits including:

  • Reducing arthritis pain, swelling and inflammation (1)
  • Boosting immunity (2)
  • Strong anti-inflammatory properties (3)
  • Regulating metabolism (4)

Aside from a soothing scent and adding wonderful flavor vanilla also contains some additional health benefits. Vanilla has been proven to be:

  • Anti-inflammatory (5)
  • Antibacterial (6)
  • An Antioxidant (7)

Recipe:

6-8 ounces of tart cherry juice (can be found here, here, or here).
1-2 drops of vanilla extract

About 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime add a drop or two of vanilla extract to the tart cherry juice and consume.

* Be sure to check with your physician before taking any sleep aids as the inability to sleep could be a symptom of an underlying medical condition