Can food help you sleep?

We’ve all heard of melatonin, the natural hormone that helps us sleep.  Melatonin is secreted at night by the pineal gland in our brain.  Melatonin can be purchased as a sleeping pill.

We now know that melatonin is also produced in plants!

A study was performed with tart cherry juice, which is high in melatonin, and is also rich in natural anti-inflammatory compounds.  The study found that a group of patients who drank cherry fell asleep faster and slept better.

Other foods with high amounts of natural melatonin include tomatoes, bananas, orange bell peppers, almonds, and raspberries.

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