Why wait until Thanksgiving to get your dose of Tryptophan? The fall holidays are generally that time of year where we eat too much, laugh too much… and sleep too much! But why? It’s a well known fact that the amino acid Tryptophan in turkey is a natural sleep enhancer, but do you know what plant-based festive food can also help you have a delightful snooze? How about delicious Pumpkin Seeds!
This surprising super seed contains a significant amount of the amino acid Tryptophan, which is converted by the body into serotonin, which converts into melatonin – AKA The Sleep Hormone. Pumpkin Seeds are one of the richest natural sources of Tryptophan, and whether enjoyed deliciously raw, roasted or in a dreamy pie, will greatly contribute to a healthier, deeper sleep!
You don’t need to wait for the fall to enjoy these little treasures; eating pumpkin seeds a few hours before bed, along with a carbohydrate like a small piece of fruit, “may be especially beneficial for providing your body the Tryptophan needed for your melatonin and serotonin production to help promote a restful night’s sleep3!” Loaded with potassium, heart healthy fiber, iron, B vitamins, magnesium and phosphorus, our Pumpkin Seeds are surely one of the most nutrient-packed seeds out there!
Have you ever felt like your memory is escaping you? Do you have days where you would lose your head if it wasn’t attached to your body? Don’t worry, we all have our moments. Forgetfulness and memory loss are an aggravating reality to face, but there is a solution – Hemp Seeds!
With the power of zinc and magnesium, you’ll be on your way to memory lane. Hemp Seeds are rich in magnesium, and “increasing brain magnesium improves learning abilities, working memory, and short- and-long-term memory4” according to neuroscientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Hemp seeds are also high in zinc, a mineral which has a great effect on memory and learning. In a separate study, zinc was found to play a “crucial role in regulating how neurons communicate with one another5,” affecting how memories are formed and how we learn.
It’s no secret that Flax Seeds are chock full of fiber, which promotes healthy immune function and normal heart health. But fiber goes beyond that – in fact, it goes skin deep. “Fiber has the potential to grab onto yeast and fungus and move them through your body, preventing them from being excreted through the skin, where they could eventually trigger acne, rashes and other skin problems6.” That’s not all Flax Seeds can do for you! Along with clear, radiant skin and a healthy immune system, these amazing seeds also offer effective weight management! The insoluble fiber in Flax Seeds “increases the feeling of fullness7,” and promotes healthy digestion by speeding up the passage of food and waste.
1) ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS AND THE SKIN. Prottey, C. British Journal of Dermatology 2006
2) Fontani G, Corradeschi F, Felici A, et al. Cognitive and physiological effects of Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation in healthy subjects. Eur J Clin Invest. 2005
3) Effect of Pumpkin Seed on Level of Free Radicals, Fahim AT, Agha-AM, Pharmacol Res. 1995
4) Slutsky I, Enhancement of learning and memory by elevating brain magnesium. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 2010
5) Zinc’s Role in the Brain, Xiao-an Zhang; UTSC, Department of Chemistry Health & Medicine 2011
6) The Detoxifying Role of Fiber, Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D; The Fast Track Detox; 2012
7) Effect of dietary fiber on constipation: A meta analysis, Jing Yang, Hai-Peng Wang, Li Zhou, Nutr Rev. 2009
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