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Can chia seeds help me sleep?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    Top your salads with chia seeds; they contain the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan. The tryptophan in chia seeds, like in turkey, raises melatonin and serotonin levels, which promotes stable sleep. With more than twice the tryptophan of turkey, you’ll need just 2 ounces of chia seeds to help you snooze.

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  • AVandana R. Sheth, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Chia seeds are a good source of Tryptophan (an amino acid). Tryptophan plays a key role in the production of serotonin and melatonin both of which affect our sleep-wake cycle. It is suggested that you eat ~2 oz. of chia seeds 3 hours before bedtime to enjoy the sleep-inducing benefits of Chia and enjoy more alertness during the day.

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