Did you know that Almonds along with some other nuts and seeds- contains tryptophan.
So what exactly is Tryptophan
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, meaning that the body can’t manufacture it. The body has to get tryptophan and other essential amino acids from food. Tryptophan helps the body produce the B-vitamin niacin which, in turn, helps the body produce serotonin, a chemical that acts as a calming agent in the brain and plays a key role in sleep. Pumpkin seeds contain magnesium, helping to relax your mind and muscles so you drift off into a deep sleep.
Health Tip: Eating a small handful of nuts as a before-bedtime snack may help you catch more Z’s…….
Cherries increase the production of melatonin.
Leafy green vegetables contain key co-factors for the synthesis of sleep hormones.
Bananas are rich in magnesium that helps our muscles to relax
Oatmeal is rich in melatonin (a natural hormone that controls our biological clock).
Of course there is also chamomile tea!!
For a list of foods high in tryptophan- click here: http://www.dietaryfiberfood.com/amino-acids/tryptophan-sources.php