A study has found the best time of day to eat this tropical fruit, and with ample reasons, for example, to help you fall asleep . People often eat a banana just before or after their morning training session, or for breakfast, or to calm their hunger a bit before lunchtime. However, you might be surprised to learn that these aren’t actually the best times of the day to eat a banana.

To fall asleep eat a banana at this time

A new study found that eating a banana right before bed is best for the body. A banana works as the perfect antidote to insomnia with its power to increase sleep. The tropical fruit contains tryptophan , an amino acid that is not produced by the body and must be supplied externally, that is, through this fruit.

This amino acid helps the body produce serotonin, which is responsible for regulating sleep. Serotonin is a natural antidepressant that can treat not only insomnia, but multiple other mood problems such as anxiety, fatigue, agitation, irritability, and anger.

Thats not all. According to a 2012 study, eating bananas leads to an increase in serum melatonin , the hormone that controls the cycle in which a person sleeps and wakes up. These researchers found that eating two bananas a day increases the serum melatonin level by 0.14 mg. A 0.10 mg increase in melatonin can help a person fall asleep quickly and get a sound sleep throughout the night.

Bananas are also packed with minerals that relax muscles. These yellow fruits contain potassium and magnesium, which are responsible for relaxing tight muscles, ultimately helping you sleep better . Bananas also help a person reduce the urge to give in to cravings after midnight.

So the next time you find yourself tossing and turning, unable to fall asleep, forget about counting sheep and eat a banana instead.

Here are some other health benefits of this tropical fruit.

1. Digestion

Bananas are loaded with fiber, which slows down digestion and keeps you fuller for longer. This will prevent you from having midnight cravings and give you a restful night’s sleep.

2. Heart

Banana is a food rich in fiber that reduces the risk of both cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease.

3. Nutrients galore

Bananas are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, folic acid, niacin, riboflavin and B6, which contribute to the proper functioning of the body.

4. Potassium

The potassium in bananas helps regulate the heartbeat, blood pressure, and keeps the brain alert.

5. Fight against anemia

Bananas are especially good for people suffering from anemia due to their high iron content, as they help fight fatigue, paleness, and shortness of breath.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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