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Foods with tryptophan for good sleep and relaxation


Published on The body–mind link is undeniable, and what we eat can affect our moods. Eating to make ourselves feel better can become a problem when it becomes comfort eating or food addiction, but eating to restore low blood sugar levels can be a simple solution for beating stress and feeling better. So can eating foods that are rich in tryptophan, the amino acid needed to build serotonin, the brain chemical that makes us relax and feel peaceful. Chocolate (in moderation – 50 g of dark chocolate daily) is an excellent source of tryptophan but there are many other common and delicious foods that are also good sources of tryptophan.

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Foods with tryptophan for good sleep and relaxation

  2. 2. Foods containing tryptophan makeexcellent suppers or bedtime snacksas a way of ensuring good sleep andpromoting relaxation.
  3. 3. So what foods are rich in thetryptophan needed for makingserotonin?
  4. 4. Serotonin is the brain chemical thatmakes us feel satisfied, happy and atpeace.
  5. 5. The number one food should come asno surprise: chocolate.
  6. 6. This is why chocolate addictions are soprevalent – eating chocolate reallydoes boost your mood.
  7. 7. But before you go and purchase alarge block of chocolate and wolf downthe lot in an attempt to feel better,remember that moderation is the keyand that chocolate is not the onlysource of tryptophan.
  8. 8. When you do have some chocolate, gofor dark chocolate with 70% or morecocoa solids to get the maximumamount of tryptophan, and allowyourself 50 grams a day.
  9. 9. Schedule a dark chocolate break andsavour it!
  10. 10. Other foods that are great sourcesof tryptophan include:
  11. 11.  Oily fish such as salmon and tunaBananas Strawberries and raspberries(strawberries dipped in darkchocolate… mmm!) Apricots, fresh or dried
  12. 12.  Avocado Yeast – and this includes that Aussiefavourite, Vegemite Nuts, especially walnuts, Brazilnuts, cashews and hazelnuts (alsodecadent dipped in dark chocolate) Oysters
  13. 13.  Broccoli Brown rice and rice bran Lentils (make it into hummus or a dip) Sunflower seeds
  14. 14. This list is enough to inspire any cookand has probably demonstrated themind–body link by making yourmouth water at some point.
  15. 15. They’re also readily available in themajority of good supermarkets. And alot of those foods aren’t super-expensive .
  16. 16. Many are simple to prepare into thebargain – poached eggs alongside asalad containing broccoli, avocadodried apricots and sunflower seeds canbe prepared in less time than it takesto whip down to the local takeaway.
  17. 17. What more could you ask?Just remember the golden rule –moderation!
  18. 18. Source: Positive Tranceformations