Today is National Pistachio Day!

Did you know eating some pistachios before bed can help you sleep better? Not only are they absolutely delicious, but they also contain a significant amount of melatonin. According to sleep.org, melatonin helps control your daily sleep-wake cycles and when you consume it, you will begin to feel calm and sleepy. People with insomnia or irregular sleep patterns commonly use Melatonin.

Many culinary dishes use Pistachios to add that bit of crunch and a sweet and nutty taste. According to healthline.com, pistachios are in the same family as cashews, mango, and poison ivy. They are native to Western Asia and the Middle East with the most significant producers being Iran, the United States, and Mediterranean countries.

Pistachios come from the seed of a drupe, which is a green-colored fruit grown on trees in dry climates. Since they come from a drupe, they are not a true botanical nut. However, in the culinary world, they are treated as nuts and are classified as a tree nut allergen.

The Research

In November 2018, researchers at Louisiana State University conducted a study in partnership with the American Pistachio Growers, which revealed that pistachios contain high levels of melatonin when compared to other foods; they noted that roasting pistachios did not affect the levels of melatonin. Researchers also found two protective bioactive compounds called Lunasin and the Bowman-Birk Inhibitor. Both have anti-inflammatory and anti-angiogenic activities that can help manage Type 2 diabetes.

Pistachios contain melatonin along with a variety of vitamins and antioxidants. They are truly fantastic for your overall health and well-being. So eat some roasted or non-roasted pistachios and let yourself drift off into a restful sleep!

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