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Got insomnia? Take some passionfruit powder


If you have trouble getting to sleep, passionfruit powder could help. Healthista’s Nutritional Director Rick Hay explains its benefits, in our Trendy Nutrients A – Z series

‘Passionfruit and passionflower (sometimes called Passiflora as a supplement) contain a compound called harman that has a hypnotic and sedative effect’ says Healthista’s nutritional director Rick Hay.

‘It’s also been shown to help decrease anxiety and improve the quality and depth of sleep. So next time you have trouble sleeping, why not reach for some passionfruit powder rather than a glass of milk?

Passionfruit powder is packed with antioxidants, such as theobromine; this is found in chocolate as well, and provides the feel good factor when we eat chocolate.

‘Passionfruit powder boosts circulation, which is great for when you’re exercising and for cardiovascular health in general.

In addition, it’s rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and carotenoids. All of these help with skin and nail health.

Looking for a nutrient powder that contains passionfruit powder? Try a scoop of the Healthista ‘Night Food’ nutrient powder daily in a little water or juice, before and during exercise. Passionfruit powder can also be blended into a smoothie, juices, yoghurt and cereals.


Rick Hay is an Anti-Ageing and Fitness Nutritionist with many years clinical experience in nutrition, naturopathy, botanical medicine and iridology. He specializes in obesity treatment and weight management. He writes a regular Natural Health and Fitness Blog for Healthista. Find out more at Follow Rick on Twitter @rickhayuk


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Rick Hays book the Anti Ageing Food and Fitness Plan is available to buy on Amazon. 


More from Rick Hay:

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5 foods to keep your body young

10 rules of weight loss

5 foods to eat when you’re frantic

10 pre-exercise snacks that WON’T ruin your diet

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