Most of the body’s natural HGH secretion—needed for muscle growth—occurs during slow-wave sleep, but chemical sleep aids can decrease time spent in these stages. This deprives users of the full restorative benefits of high-quality sleep.
Many protein supplements and other products are marketed as “recovery aids” to be consumed after strenuous exercise. However, scientific evidence demonstrating efficacy of most commercially available muscle supplements remains scarce. Additionally, protein bars and similar foods have fallen out of favor with many enthusiasts because of their high sugar content and often limited nutritional value.
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The functional ingredients in Food for Sleep — Montmorency tart cherry juice and whey protein rich in bioavailable tryptophan — have been demonstrated via clinical trials in cyclists and weightlifters to enhance muscle recovery. Subsequent trials also showed a significant improvement in both the duration and the quality of the sleep.
Montmorency tart cherry juice has been shown to decrease exercise-induced inflammation, decrease pain, and help maintain muscle strength during strenuous activity.1 It has been shown in humans to prevent symptoms of muscle damage and enhance recovery after exercise.2 Interestingly, the study participants also noted improved sleep. Subsequent studies have shown that it also improves both the duration and the quality of sleep.3
- Bell PG, Walshe IH, Davison GW, Stevenson EJ, Howatson G. Recovery facilitation with Montmorency cherries following high-intensity, metabolically challenging exercise.Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2015 Apr;40(4):414-23.
- Connolly DAJ, McHugh MP, Padilla‐Zakour OI. Efficacy of a tart cherry juice blend in preventing the symptoms of muscle damage.British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2006.
- Howatson G, et al Effect of tart cherry juice (Prunus Cerasus) on melatonin levels and enhanced sleep quality. J Eur J Nutr 2011; Oct 30.