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Bananas and L-Tryptophan

The soothing effects of bananas may be explained by the presence of L-tryptophan in the fruit, an amino acid essential for the production of serotonin (a relaxing neurotransmitter) and melatonin. Tryptophan has been amply studied and its benefits for health are popularly known. A recent study showed that a diet rich in tryptophan, combined with an adequate… read more »

Bananas help you sleep better

Bananas can be considered as a natural sleeping remedy. They contain tryptophan, an essential amino acid, which, combined with vitamin B6, allows the synthesis of serotonin and melatonin, hormones playing an essential role in promoting sleep. Some doctors recommend its consumption 60 minutes before going to bed to enjoy better sleep. Rich in melatonin (commonly called… read more »

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