Can superfoods improve our sleep?

Superfoods are extremely important to incorporate into our diet, as they’re thought to be nutritionally dense and great for our health. Although they don’t necessarily have their own food group, they’re mostly plant-based foods, fish & dairy- including salmon, kale, blueberries and açai.

They also contain health fats which are thought to help prevent heart disease, a variety of antioxidants which are thought to ward off cancer and plenty of fibre which helps with digestive problems.

But did you know that certain superfoods are also amazing to help us sleep better at night? Read on to find out…

Almonds

Almonds are high in potassium and B vitamins, which are great for helping our nervous system to relax. A great snack tip before bed is to spread almond butter on toast to improve sleep. (Bananas are also a great food for insomnia due to their high levels of potassium.)

Bananas

Also very high in potassium, bananas are a great insomnia-fighting food. There’s also plenty of B complex vitamins making bananas a healthy snack, and they’re one of your five a day.

Brown Rice

Brown rice contains GABA which is a natural ambient (GABA stands for Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) and helps to calm the nervous system. It works like a mellow tranquilliser, so adding brown rice to your meal before bed is a great way to help you drift off easily.

Cherries

Cherries are not only another one of your five a day, but this fruit will also help you to recalibrate the body when dealing with jet lag. They allow our body to release melatonin (the body clock hormone) which promotes a cycle of falling asleep and waking up naturally.

Chick Peas

Eating chick peas is another great way to relax you and your nervous system before bed. They boast vitamin B6 which our body needs to produce melatonin (the body clock hormone.)

Kale

Kale is a dark, leafy green packed with magnesium which is great for helping us drift off. Magnesium deficiency is a massive cause of insomnia in many people who are consuming enough of the mineral through foods rich in it.

Walnuts

Walnuts are a great source of Tryptophan- a sleep enhancing amino acid. In the brain, Tryptophan is converted to serotonin which helps to reduce sleep.

 

 

Reference: https://www.livescience.com/34693-superfoods.html

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