natural source of melatonin for great sleep

Viridian Cherry Night

  • £29.85

What is Cherry Night POWDER?

Insomnia is very common and characterized by difficulty falling asleep or maintaining sleep during the night and is accompanied by symptoms such as irritability or fatigue when awake. The prevalence of insomnia is high with approximately 10-20% of people in the general population suffering from symptoms of insomnia. The nutritional products glycine, magnesium, red date and cherry have evidence to support their use as natural ways to improve sleep and reduce daytime fatigue without causing drowsiness.

What does Glycine do?

The amino acid glycine functions as an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system via the glycine receptor. Two clinical studies have investigated the effects of glycine in people with difficulty sleeping and daytime fatigue. Glycine taken before bed (3 grams) has been shown to improve objective measures of sleep quality with evidence of a more stable sleep state and reduced time to sleep onset and slow wave sleep. Glycine also improved sleep satisfaction, reduced daytime sleepiness and improved cognitive function.

How does Magnesium help with sleep?

Magnesium deficiency is very common and has been shown to result in low levels of the hormone melatonin, which may impair sleep.6 Magnesium deficiency has also been correlated with increased nervous excitability and poor sleep quality.

Human clinical studies have found positive effects of magnesium on sleep. Treatment with magnesium has been shown to improve sleep electroencephalogram (EEG) activity towards a more relaxed state and reduce nighttime production of the stress hormones adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) and cortisol.

A clinical study of magnesium was performed in older age people, who tend to be more commonly magnesium deficient and have a higher prevalence of insomnia. The study participants took 250 mg of magnesium twice daily or placebo for 8 weeks. At the end of the study those receiving magnesium had statistically significant increases in sleep time, sleep efficiency and concentration of melatonin. Magnesium also significantly reduced insomnia severity, the time to fall asleep and serum cortisol.

What is Red Date?

Red date (Ziziphus Jujuba) has a long history of use for its relaxing effect to help calm the nerves and mind and is still the most popular traditional Chinese medicine for insomnia today. One of the active constituents, Jujuboside A, has been shown to reduce glutamate mediated excitatory signalling in the brain, which may in part explain its anti-anxiety and sleep promoting effects. In traditional Chinese medicine red date is primarily used for palpitations with anxiety, excessive sweating, insomnia and dream-disturbed sleep.

Scientific studies support the traditional use of red date for sleep, with experiments showing a mild sedative and sleep enhancing effect. In one such report, red date extract improved total sleep time and sleep quality. Red date is also an important traditional treatment for anxiety, with evidence to support its anti-anxiety and mild sedative effects.

Red date has also been identified as the most important active ingredient in one of the most popular traditional herbal formulas for insomnia. The formula, Suanzaorentang, is made of 5 ingredients but predominantly red date. An analysis of 12 clinical studies, mostly comparing Suanzaorentang to conventional medication (benzodiazepines), generally found Suanzaorentang significantly more effective than medication for treating insomnia.

How does Cherry help with sleep?

Cherries are a rich source of phytochemicals that may have important benefits for the brain and nervous system. They are also known to be a natural source of melatonin, a hormone that plays an important role in regulating HEALTHY sleep patterns.

A number of clinical studies have suggested that cherries can improve sleep and melatonin levels. For example, consumption of cherry juice for 7-days significantly increased melatonin levels and improved sleep measures including time in bed, total sleep time and sleep efficiency, compared to placebo. Another study found that cherry juice consumption over 2-weeks had a modest beneficial effect on sleep in older adults with insomnia with an effect that was equal to or better than other popular natural treatments; valerian and melatonin.

What does Cherry Night do?

A nutritional nightcap of ingredients including Cherries, Dates, Glycine and magnesium. Magnesium contributes to electrolyte balance, the nervous system, normal muscle function, normal psychological function and the maintenance of normal bones and teeth.Mix with water or your favourite juice to make an easy-to-take, pleasant-tasting nutritional supplement. ONE OF NATURES BEST NATURAL SLEEP AIDS.


IDEALLY TAKE VIRIDIAN CHERRY NIGHT POWDER ONE HOUR BEFORE BEDTIME or as directed by a healthcare professional, simply add a teaspoon into water.


Directions: As a food supplement, stir one heaped teaspoon into water or juice (once daily). Drink one hour before bedtime, or as directed by your healthcare professional.


One heaped teaspoon provides:

Ingredient Weight %EC NRV
Glycine 3000mg  
Morello cherry juice 1200mg  
Red date extract 450mg  
Magnesium (citrate) 200mg 53