eating tomato increases melatonin and helps you sleep

Melatonin is one of nature’s best ways to help you fall asleep and have a better quality sleep. But there’s more than one way to get your melatonin, and this one will really surprise you.

It turns out that certain foods are rich in melatonin. And one of them apparently is tomato.

So, this unblinded study had 36 obese postmenopausal women eat 250g of beefsteak tomato 2 hours before going to bed. The study lasted 8 weeks.

Surprisingly, eating tomato worked. After 8 weeks, scores on the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index improved significantly. How? Because their melatonin levels were 10 times higher than the control group.

So, if you’re having trouble sleeping, eat a tomato!

Or cherries. Cherries are also rich in melatonin. And, to complete the list of unexpected ways to raise melatonin, the herbs lavender and saffron have also been shown to increase your melatonin and help you sleep.


Clin Nutr. 2020 01 ;39(1):291-297


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