SLEEP and FOOD…Part 1

Bing Cherries

Many fruits contain minerals like potassium and magnesium, which help promote sleep by relaxing the muscles and calming the nervous system. Bananas are an excellent choice, and one that Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering ‘s  Facebook users recommend, too. Besides being rich in both potassium and magnesium, they also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that helps induce sleep. Tryptophan is converted by the brain into serotonin and melatonin, says the U.S. News and World Report: “Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that promotes relaxation; melatonin is a hormone that promotes sleepiness.”

Cherries are also a rich source of melatonin, and fruits like apples, apricots and peaches contain plenty of magnesium. So, if your loved one is having trouble sleeping – and tends to crave sweets – reach for the fruit bowl.    Do you have a favorite fruit to help you sleep?  What works for you?  Chime in at http://lulasforlunch.com/blog and let us know!

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