Foods that Help with Sleep




There are several studies suggesting that eating foods high in tryptophan, serotonin or melatonin can improve our sleep quality. Tryptophan can be converted in our digestive tract to serotonin and moved up to our brain where it is converted to melatonin.

Below are two short lists of common foods that are particularly high in serotonin and melatonin.

Serotonin content in fruits and nuts  (micrograms per gram):

white walnut 398

black walnut 304

English walnuts 87

plantain 30.3

pecans 29

pineapple 17.0

banana 15

kiwi 5.8

tomatoes 3.2

Foods High in Melatonin (ng/100g):

Tart (sour) cherries 1,350

Walnuts 270

Mustard Seed 191.33

Ginger root 142.30

Peanuts 116.70

Asparagus 76.62

Tomatoes 53.95

Fresh mint 49.66

** It is interesting to note that walnuts and tomatoes come up on both the serotonin and melatonin lists.




Effect of kiwifruit consumption on sleep quality in adults with sleep problems

Food with Melatonin

Content of melatonin and other antioxidants in grape-related foodstuffs


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