Melatonin supplements are made with synthetic ingredients in a lab or with cow urine.
And though the supplements may have slight benefits, especially for people suffering with occasional insomnia, they don’t always offer long-lasting or significant results for those who struggle with sleep on a nightly basis.
There are several foods, however, that can naturally increase melatonin production, eliminating the need for a supplement.
The scientists gave study subjects a variety of fruits and then measured the amount of melatonin circulating throughout the body by looking at 6-sulfatoxymelatonin (aMT6s).
The researchers found pineapples, bananas, and oranges were able to increase melatonin presence significantly.
Pineapples increased the presence of aMT6s over 266% while bananas increased levels by 180%.
Oranges were able to increase melatonin by approximately 47%.
While supplements are often thought of as the natural alternative to prescription drugs, they are made to mimic those things we find naturally in foods.
In other words, they too are a poor substitute for good nutrition and some supplement manufacturers (though not all) are in the business to make money, not with noble intentions of increasing the collective health.
Overview of Some Melatonin-Boosting Foods: