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Pear pulp, melatonin, magnesium and zinc – just what you need to cure your lack of sleep

Hot on the heels of our posts this week about magnesium as an insomnia treatment and melatonin being a questonable insomnia remedy, we have a new study to share with you.

This one, hailing from Italy, found that taking a combination of melatonin, magnesium and zinc led to considerably improved sleep quality. In the study, 22 participants with primary insomnia were given the supplement (5mg melatonin, 225mg magnesium and 11.25mg zinc mixed with 100g of pear pulp) one hour before bedtime every night for eight weeks. 21 participants were given a placebo of just the pear pulp.

Those who took the supplement saw improved sleep quality, found it easier to get to sleep, woke up feeling more refreshed and alert and slept for longer.

This certainly sounds encouraging - but don't go starting a new insomnia treatment regime based on this study alone. Always speak with your doctor first.

Source: PubMed

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Last updated: April 15, 2011

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

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  • Sweetie
    April 15, 2012, 1:06 pm

    Why the pear pulp?

    • Martin Reed
      April 16, 2012, 4:32 pm

      I believe the pear pulp was simply the medium in which they mixed the supplements. Pear pulp without the addition of melatonin, magnesium and zinc was also used as the placebo. You may want to contact the study’s authors to see if they had a reason for using pear pulp in particular.

  • A. Marina Fournier
    May 9, 2011, 4:58 pm

    Let’s see now:
    zinc in concentration can/may interfere with your sense of smell, to the point of killing it (per the FDA pulling Zircam off the market, and some suits being brought against the mfr.),


    zinc supplements might help improve your sense of smell.

    Interesting that none of the few articles I checked had *both* of these statements. This is rather like those migraine, headache and sleep medications for which possible side effects include migraines, headaches and insomnia.

    Thus far any actual medical advice I’ve been given about melatonin is that 3mg is about as much as you should take daily.

    I’ll happily drink the pear pulp with magnesium, though, unless the simple carbs are going to interfere with me getting to sleep!

    Yup, can’t win for losing. These days, I can get to sleep, and mostly, barring physical discomfort, stay asleep through the night, but it’s the waking up and staying that way in the morning that has been defeating me for well over a year, making me feel a fraud on this forum! It’s almost as if, once the brain figured out how to get the body to sleep, it’s wanting desperately to make up for decades of lost sleep, ASAP!