Cherries Fight Jet Lag

Cherries, known for their powerful antioxidant and phytonutrient profile, are linked to potential health benefits in numerous studies. They are one of the few known, researched food sources of melatonin, a potent antioxidant produced naturally by the body to help regulate biorhythm and natural sleep patterns.

According many experts, travelers can pack “the power of red” into their carry-ons by choosing tart cherries, a “Super Fruit” naturally rich in melatonin, to help fight jet lag. I think I’ll need this when I return from San Diego later this week. According to Russel J. Reiter, Ph.D, one of the world’s leading authorities on melatonin, cherries are believed to be one of the most concentrated food sources of melatonin. The body of research conducted by Reiter at the University of Texas Health Science Center revealed that a handful of cherries contain more melatonin than what is normally found in the blood, helping your body get in sync with the new time zone while you travel.

“Travelers will often consume melatonin supplements to help regulate their sleep-wake cycle during long-haul flights,” said Reiter. “But choosing cherries may be a natural alternative.” Visit to learn more simple and tasty ways to pack the power of red into your next travel adventure.

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Malika Bowling

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