Friday, March 10, 2017

Feeling sleepy? Stressed? Eat some garlic!

A recent study suggests that prebiotics, which serve as food for probiotics (the good bacteria in your stomach), can improve sleep quality and tone down some physiological impacts of stress. Prebiotics are a type of dietary fiber found in chicory, artichokes, raw garlic, and onions. The experiment, lead by Robert Thomson at the University of Colorado Boulder, showed that rats that were fed diets high in prebiotics spent more time in the deep, restful cycles of sleep (NREM) than rats not given prebiotics, especially after exposing the rats to stress. Read this article from Science Daily to learn a little more, or, to learn a lot more, read Thomson's full paper here.

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