The benefits of supplementing with Melatonin, (a powerful hormone & antioxidant which helps to regulate sleep patterns) have been very well documented in clinical studies worldwide (including recent research conducted by the University of Texas Health Science)...however, unfortunately under TGA regulations in Australia, is only available with a script from your doctor.
But there is an answer, Tart Cherries!
Tart Cherries are one of the rare natural foods that contain Melatonin, which is great news for overseas travellers with jet lag, people who suffer from insomnia, and may also be useful in helping to treat depression!
Tart Cherries are also very high in rich anthocyanins, which help to reduce inflammation and have similar pain blocking properties to aspirin and ibuprofen!
Dried Tart Cherries have a ORAC score of 6,800, 3 times higher than fresh blueberries, and contain other important nutrients, such as Betacarotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Potassium, Magnesium, Fibre and Folate. They are a true superfood offering a range of health benefits! :)
Posted by Hannah Denham (Naturopath)