Dr Robert Thompson, PhD and his team at the Centre for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder have recently discovered that “dietary pre-biotics can improve the restorative non-REM sleep as well as REM sleep after a stressful event”*
While pro-biotics refer to good gut bacteria, pre-biotics are foods that feed our good gut bacteria. Some pre-biotics, like dietary polyphenols, also provide our good gut bacteria with a happy environment to flourish.
Old pre-biotic thinking was to just feed our good gut bacteria with dietary fibre, but recent studies have revealed a new generation of pre-biotic that turbo-charge our good bacteria.
These are micronutrients found in some plant-based foods and known as dietary polyphenols**. Dietary polyphenols not only feed our good bacteria but are high in anti-oxidants and rich in soothing anti-inflammatories.
Here’s the fun bit, examples of polyphenol pre-biotic foods are: cocoa (yes, dark chocolate!), green tea, cinnamon bark, red grapes (yes, red wine!) and blackcurrants. An alternative may be a new generation polyphenol supplement, the choice is yours.^
*Want the sleep report? Read the full study here
**Want the polyphenol report? Read the full study here
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