Eating kiwi before sleeping can improve sleep quality, study says
Having a good quality of sleep is essential to maintaining the health and well-being of the body, so people suffering with insomnia may have mood swings, gain of weight and low immunity. According to data from the World Health Organization, more than 35 million people in Brazil have the problem, most of them female.
However, there are some simple ways to combat insomnia, such as changes in eating habits. According to a study conducted at the Taipei University of Medicine in Taiwan, consumption of kiwifruit can secret a good night's sleep.
Kiwi is an excellent source of nutrients and vitamins such as magnesium, copper, vitamin B6 , niacin, vitamin E, riboflavin, calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, phosphorus, pectin, folic acid, vitamin A and vitamin C. For a month the researchers analyzed 22 women and two men, 55, who suffered from some sleep disorder. At this time, participants had to eat two kiwis hours before going to bed.
To arrive at this finding, the scientists collected sleep data from volunteers throughout the study period using sleep logs, a standard questionnaire quality of sleep, and wrist watches that measured aspects of sleep quality and quantity.
The results of the analysis were astounding. Ingestion of the fruit made people fall asleep more quickly, with a 35.4% decrease in the time it took them to fall asleep. They also slept more deeply, 28.9% more, with a 42.4% improvement in sleep quality. Overall, total sleep time for individuals taking part in the study increased by 13.4%. However, it was not possible to determine in a specific way why kiwi is a fruit that would induce sleep, but the researchers suspect high levels of antioxidant and serotonin present in the food. New research needs to be done to explore the effects of kiwi on sleep, but this is a rather intriguing start.
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