Contains melatonin: doctor Agapkin advised eating cherries for sleep problems

According to rehabilitation doctor Sergei Agapkin, cherries and cherries contain melatonin and can be eaten to combat insomnia.

— The same substance that we produce as a hormone,” Agapkin noted on the air of the “About the Most Important” program. 

According to him, eating 100 grams of cherries or cherries helps you fall asleep more easily at night.

Research shows that cherries contain a hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle in humans. Melatonin helps control the body's internal clock and promotes sleep. 

Cherries are one of the few foods that naturally contain melatonin. Therefore, drinking cherries or their juice may be beneficial for improving sleep quality. To get maximum benefits, it is recommended to consume cherries or their juice during the evening or before bed.

Melatonin is also found in other foods:

1. Bananas. They contain little melatonin, but are also rich in potassium, vitamin B6 and other nutrients that may promote good sleep.

2. Oats. Oatmeal and oat milk contain melatonin. They are also rich in fiber and magnesium.

3. Walnuts contain small amounts of melatonin. They are also rich in antioxidants and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

4. Brown rice contains melatonin. It is a good source of fiber and other nutrients.

5. Almond. It is also rich in vitamin E, magnesium and other nutrients.

Remember the signs of melatonin deficiency.

  • Sleep problems: difficulty falling asleep, sleep may be short or incomplete.
  • Waking up at night.
  • Disruption of the sleep-wake cycle: sleep may be irregular, with waking up at inappropriate times or sleepiness during the day.
  • Feeling tired, irritable, anxious or depressed.
  • Problems with concentration and memory.
  • Worsening of the immune system: increased susceptibility to infections and diseases.

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Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and do not self-medicate under any circumstances. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.