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Melatonin from Pistachios?

Question:
Do pistachio nuts really provide as much melatonin as supplements?
Melatonin in pistachio nuts -- bowl of pistachio nuts
Answer:
A small study in Iran reported extraordinary concentrations of melatonin in locally obtained pistachios -- more than 100 to 1,000 times the concentrations reported in other plants and foods by other researchers. However, the results of this study are questionable, as discussed in the Melatonin Supplements Review. Until another laboratory confirms these findings, don't count on getting significant amounts of melatonin from pistachios.

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COMMENTS

Susan 17582   February 28, 2019
A friend gets terrible arthritis in the knees if he eats Pistachio nuts. And, the pain comes quickly. I wonder if such also affects other people.

Anne Marie 17575   February 25, 2019
There is limited research, however continued use of melatonin has been associated with osteoporosis. I had been weight lifting for many years and a simple fall caused a bimaleolar ankle fracture. Weight-bearing exercise increases bone density and this was not true for me, as I tested positive for osteopenea.

ConsumerLab.com   March 4, 2019
Hi Anne Marie - Thank you for sharing this. You can find more information about melatonin's effect on bone density and the risk of fractures in the "Cautions and Concerns" section of the Melatonin Review: https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/melatonin-supplements/melatonin/#bone. Also see this CL Answer: https://www.consumerlab.com/answers/can-melatonin-increase-the-risk-of-broken-bones/melatonin-fracture/.


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