Dinner: 10 Foods You Should Never Eat in the Evening

By Hannah de Gruchy / Nutrition / August 4th, 2022

2. Melatonin rich foods

Melatonin rich foods

Melatonin is a hormone released by the pineal gland in the brain, and is linked to our circadian rhythms, or our internal body clock, that are influenced by the natural day and night cycles of each 24 hours.

Our body produces more melatonin in the evening when the day becomes darker, and less in the morning when it becomes lighter. Melatonin is therefore essential for promoting good quality, restorative sleep.

We can support our body in producing more melatonin in the evening by eating melatonin rich foods. These include eggs, milk, oily fish such as salmon and sardines, almonds, pistachio nuts and unsalted peanuts. Tart cherry juice and goji berries are also good sources of melatonin.

Melatonin is an important hormone required for regulating our sleep-wake cycles each 24 hours. Eggs, milk and oily fish can all support melatonin production, as can tart cherry juice and goji berries.


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