Dr Oz: Natural Sleep Aids
Dr Oz spent time answering questions about Cold Sores & Sweat Remedies on his show. Next, he tackled a huge question affecting millions of viewers around the country: sleep issues. Dr Oz unveiled some advice about getting better sleep, including Pumpkin Seed Powder, Scottish Oatmeal, Pulque, Dandelion Greens, and Montmorency Tart Cherries.
Pina Loguidice is a naturopathic doctor and joined Dr Oz to share some of her favorite natural solutions for patients with trouble sleeping. She noted that recent research has found some distressing links between sleeping pills and risks of cancer and even death.
Of course, she believed that natural foods and products are better for your body than synthetic products such as drugs. She shared her favorite picks for better rest at bedtime.
Dr Oz Sleep: Pumpkin Seed Powder
This product is high in Tryptophan, which is the product in Thanksgiving turkey that makes us sleepy. Pumpkin Seed Powder has more than a glass of Whole Milk. A serving suggestion from the show was mixing it with Applesauce and pairing it with a carbohydrate to get a faster reaction time.
Montmorency Tart Cherries: Dr Oz
These Montmorency Tart Cherries are high in Melatonin, the natural sleep regulating chemical. You can find them as a fruit or in juice form, and it’s recommended that you try them about one hour before you’d like to go to sleep.
Dr Oz: Pulque
Pulque is an alcohol that is native to Mexico. Dr Oz compared its taste to a powerful beer. It also has a high level of Tryptophan, and should be taken a few hours before bed. Look for it at your grocery store.
Dr Oz: Scottish Oatmeal
Scottish Oatmeal is yet another natural sleep aid that is high in Tryptophan, as well as Melatonin. It goes through a different milling process than traditional oatmeal, and if you’re using it to get more sleep, make 1/2 cup of this your bedtime snack.
Dr Oz: Dandelion Greens
Dandelion Greens are a vegetable that helps improve liver function. Try eating them two hours before bed. All you have to do is cook them like you would Spinach or Kale.
Dr Oz said that he isn’t a huge advocate for Pulque, the alcohol. That’s because he doesn’t think using alcohol to go to sleep is a sustainable practice. Dr Loguidice conceded the point, but was putting the option out there.
Her favorite solution was the Oatmeal, which she said can relax the nervous system as you get ready to go to sleep. What sleep remedy sounds most promising to you?