Q. Is tart cherry juice useful for insomnia? If so, what is an appropriate daily amount, presumably taken at bedtime? I’ve heard and read everything from 1 to 16 ounces!
Another study used a Spanish product containing 18.85 g of pitted, freeze-dried powdered cherries per dose (Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, June 2013). This, too, was diluted in water and given at lunch and dinner.
Tart cherries are a good source of melatonin, which may explain why both studies found cherry juice helpful in promoting sleep.
You will find more information on melatonin and other nondrug approaches to insomnia in our “Guide to Getting a Good Night’s Sleep.”
Did the salt pull the fluid from the blisters and allow the surface skin to reattach to the fingertips? I was amazed that the next morning (though the fingertips were slightly sensitive), I had full use of my hand. I can tell by the smooth texture of my fingertips that the dead tissue will probably slough off, but what an effective burn treatment!
The mechanism remains mysterious. Your hypothesis is as plausible as any we have encountered.
I read up on this condition and found that most doctors don’t test B-12 levels, even when many symptoms are present. If my doctor had tested me soon after I reported fatigue and weakness, it would have saved me a lot of suffering. I had become so weak and tired, I could barely get out of bed. I had trouble breathing, and I would lose strength in my legs and collapse. My comprehension was poor, and I experienced “blackouts” with my memory.
This deficiency has ruined my life, as it will take me six months to a year to recover. We had to postpone a cross-country trip we had planned because I’m not strong enough yet. I need rest after minimal exercise. People should ask their physician to test for B-12 if they are having unexplained symptoms like this.
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