Fruit for Insomnia


I had insomnia for 6 years. Adding certain fruit to my diet so far has helped.

Insomnia – Side effect of many medications

The insomnia started as a side effect of a medication, Nexium. It did lots of damage until I discontinued it.

That drug is poison to me. It is a proton pump inhibitor, and people do not realize that proton pumps are in every cell in our body. They are not just in our stomachs.

When you inhibit proton pumps in the mitochondria in your cells, it stops energy production. So you collapse.

I would pass out for 4-6 hours a day after taking it, and then this disrupted my sleep at night.

My dream life stopped. No REM sleep.

So for years, this happened to me, and I did not start getting better until about 6 months after I stopped the medication.

It has taken several years to recover more completely.

It was like my nervous system had died of starvation.

First attempts

I started out taking melatonin.

There was some limited success. But I was still waking up every few hours.

This also went on for a few years.

Then a friend suggested Valerian root. I took 2 capsules each night with the melatonin, and things improved. I do not know the science here.



Then I had a strange dream. A blue angel came to visit me and discussed some “heavenly topics.”

Amazed, I shared the dream with a friend, who also had nervous system damage from medications.

Then he had a dream of the blue angel too.

He was told he was deficient in ferulic acid.

He did not know what ferulic acid was and asked me. I felt embarrassed that I did not know, since I am a biochemist myself, and I had to look it up.

So I learned something.

It is an anti-oxidant.


Ferulic acid and Other Anti-oxidants

Ferulic acid is a naturally occurring substance in plant material. For example, oats, rice and seeds contain lots of ferulic acid.

Ferulic acid and other antioxidants are found in many vegetables and fruits.

Read more:

One fruit high in anti-oxidants, including ferulic acid, is blueberries.

So maybe that is the connection between the blue angel and the blueberries.



Blueberries have also been found to help alleviate the cognitive decline occurring in Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions of aging.[25]

Feeding blueberries to animals lowers brain damage in experimental stroke.[36][37]

Ok. So I thought I might try this as an experiment.

I would eat fruit – and drink fruit juices ( 6-8 oz each afternoon) that should have ferulic acid in them.

I picked acai and blueberry juice and ate raisins to see how things went.

Acai is not on the list above, but I checked and it contains ferulic acid.

If I get a blend of juices, it is cheaper, as long as they are predominantly these 2 juices.

Açaí has an exceptional content of fats, including oleic acid (56.2% of total), palmitic acid (24.1% of total), and linoleic acid (12.5% of total),[2] and also contains a high amount of beta-sitosterol (78-91% of total sterols).[2][3] These oil compartments in açaí fruit harbor dense contents of polyphenols such as procyanidin oligmers and vanillic acid, syringic acid, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, protocatechuic acid, and ferulic acid which were shown to degrade substantially during storage or exposure to heat.

I buy refrigerated juices.

I have not tried other juices yet.

This past week also, I have added raisins to yogurt, which is dairy, and has tryptophan in it, and should also help my sleep.



For the last week, I have been sleeping through the night.

It is wonderful to be able to sleep and dream again, after 6 years.

I hope this helps other people, who suffer from insomnia or other physical problems.

30 Responses to “Fruit for Insomnia”

  1. That’s awesome marianne!!! good to hear!!

  2. thank you for sharing this information! I did not realize that proton pump inhibitors affect more than acid production in the stomach. Now that I know, I will make adjustments accordingly and see about finding a natural alternative.

    • hi firelady

      They are involved in the ATP production in the mitochondria.

    • There is a less noticable, but serious potential problem with stomach H2 antagonists (cimetidine, ranitidine, etc.) and PPIs (Nexium, Protonix, Prevecid, Prilosec, etc.). These agents effectively turn off gastric acid production, but the release of that acid also releases a hormone called ‘Intrinsic Factor’ which enables Vitamin B12 to be absorbed. Thus these pharmaceuticals can induce pernicious anemia once the liver’s storehouse of B12 becomes depleted. There are several kinds of anemia, but this one is a result of too little Vitamin B12 in the blood. It was labeled ‘pernicious’ because it is very difficult to notice.

      The way one deals with the B12 issue if taking PPIs is critically important is to (1) either get a prescription for B12 injections -OR- (2) acquire Intranasal B12 gel, which can achieve nearly as high of blood levels of B12 as by injection, i.e. considerably more absorption than sublingual tablets.

      As a side note, the pretty pink Vitamin B12 provides the Porphyrin structure of the blood’s oxygen carrying hemoglobin. The porphyrin structure holds an Iron atom in its center. Interestingly, the same porphyrin structure is found in the plant kingdom’s chlorophyll, BUT instead of an iron atom there is a magnesium atom.

      So this porphyrin chemical is responsible both both plants and animals to ‘breathe’ the breath of God every day!

  3. Isn’t insomnia under the curse? Doesn’t the LORD promise us sweet sleep if we are in HIS will? If saints can’t sleep doesn’t that mean we should get up to pray, and to see what the SPIRIT of truth wants to share with us?

    • sleep is a blessing for sure.

      this was a medical problem, not associated with a bad conscience due to sin.

      • Marianne,
        Thanks so much. It’s a wonderful article and one of my favorite topic as I’m self-educated through extensive research on all the natural that is so vitally important for good health.
        Prescription medications are from ‘Farmakeia’ – witches brew. That where we get the words Pharma / Pharmacy / Pharmaceuticals.
        God gave us abundant herbs and different foods that are packed with all the goodness that the body requires… so I let natural foods to be my medicine. Thank you Abba!!

  4. Walmart sells 3 pound bags of frozen wild blueberries for about $12. The wild ones are smaller, sweeter, and have a higher anti-oxidant index than normal blueberries. I sometimes blend a whole bag full without need of any added sweetners. Drink it over a day or two.

    In the human body, tryptophan is turned into serotonin, which in turn is converted into the body’s sleep hormone, called melatonin. So just going straight for the bottom line, take melatonin. Melatonin is also an neural anti-oxidant.

    Personlly, I’ve noticed better dreaming (REM) as a result of only two supplements,
    (1) melatonin – mildly helps
    (2) IGF-1 sublingual spray immediately before laying down to sleep, helps more.

    The IGF does NOT cause any drowsiness. It is a rough equivalent to Human Growth Hormone(HGH) derived from ‘velvet’ scraped off of fast growing deer antlers. HGH production by the body decreases to near zero as we age and is thought to be perhaps the most important hormonal factor for age related deteriorization of the body’s youthfulness.

    Other factors can help improve bodily production of HGH, including (1)regular exercise and l believe, (2) no carbohydrates before bedtime, and (3) fasting (yeah, believe it or not fasting helps increase HGH production.)

    • 45

      thanks for the IGF info.

    • Hi 45,
      Great info. Thanks. I added all the info in my file “Heal Insomnia”.

      BTW years ago, I had trouble sleeping. Nothing helped, then I started saying the Psalm-23 before going to bed at night, on waking up and before lunch – like it was a medicine dose… and … Voila! it worked. I then advised many other friends on this, and at least two of them got back to me saying:
      OMG! it really works.
      The important thing is that the Psalm must be said seriously word by word and by visualizing yourself with Yeshua(Jesus) our Shepherd, i.e. think of green fields, running brooks and streams that make sweet sounds, and whatever is written in the Psalm … There is a blessedness that just fills you up and relaxes your from the inside out.
      HE said: “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my load is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
      Also follow the Circadian Rhythm – the natural human clock that God put within us. The amount of hours of undisturbed sleep is 9.1/4 hours or at least 8.1/2 this may sound ridiculous but adopting the same sleep pattern every day is very important to health and body functions.
      Read more here:
      May all of you be blessed with deep & peaceful sleep each every night – and sweet dreams of the our Savior.
      Shalom! 🙂

  5. I learnt something new. I thought of prunes as a good fruit good for cleaning out the intestines never knew it had healing patterns to sleep problems.

    Apparently also eating couple minutes after the time you woke up would set your body clock to wake up before that time. Not sure if its completely true but it had a tiny effect on me. this also shows that we should eat a variety of fruits and vegetables and not just our daily bananas, apples, oranges and pears (they are just as good in a sense of nutrition but you are also missing out on many other minerals with a higher abundance in other fruits)

  6. Before eating chocolate I used to have amnesia and now after I’ve never had it.

  7. Don’t worry just joking.

  8. Marianne, So glad you are sleeping better. The blue angel & blueberry connection is interesting. I discovered blueberry bushes at a local nursery the other day. There are 3 different bushes that produce fruit 3 different seasons, spring, summer & fall. They sell for $25 each! Apparently they produce alot of fruit & the berries are essentially the same even though they are in 3 different seasons. I don’t know if they grow in your state. Blueberries are so expensive here, a few bushes would be worth it. And, when you have your own bushes you can pick them when they are ripe as opposed to ripening after they are picked as the produce companies do. I also heard a saying a few weeks ago, “if you can’t sleep, don’t count sheep, talk to the Lord”!…He always wants us to come to Him. I also believe we must pray with complete trust & expectation. God heals the body. He gave us so many options for healthy nutition, it’s man’s evil concoctions that destroy. So let us eat well & pray for healing. Blessings!

  9. I ended up with some Acai-berry/blueberry tea last year, in a different, round-about way 🙂 I have the insomnia thing every winter, ever since I was 16, which I’ve been wanting to eliminate for ages now. ^^; It’s.. rather a torment to be over a week or longer and loose sense of time and logic.

    I’ll have to be a bit greedy with the blueberries from my freezer tommorrow! I love the fresh fruits..

    Shalom Marianne~

  10. Good information . Can anyone help me? My grandson is 6 years of age, and he grinds his teeth nightly. The doctors cannot find a reason for this condition. His teeth are beginning to wear down because of the nightly grinding.

    Thank you.

    • dear Enid

      The doctors you went to were not too smart.

      Here is a link for teeth grinding.

      Consult a dentist about the teeth, and let me know what he says.

      He may need braces because his jaw is out of alignment.

    • Hi Marianne, I hope you’ve been feeling better & this note finds you well.

      I’ve replaced Nexium with two kinds of calcium (a potent calcium carbonate/vit.D supp., and an oyster shell calcium, both of which you can get in Rite-Aid & other stores), and this has solved the GERD problem. I take both kinds of calcium every 5 hrs.

      Getting a food emulsifier & having mercury fillings & metal in the teeth removed is critically important, when recovering from serious diseases.

      For people with multiple viruses, Biaxim & Valtrex, together over the course of 2 yrs., should do it. Build yourself back up w/herbs.

      CNS problems benefit from alpha-lipoic acid, ginko, resveratrol, grape seed extract, octocosonal, co-enzyme Q10 & quercitan.

      Anti-inflammatories (boswellia, neem, myrhh, astragalus, aloe, noni, cats claw, feverfew, euluthero), also helps, in daily combination with whatever other herbs you’re taking for specific problems.

      I still don’t have great answers for sleep problems. When I have to take something, I use 6 mgs. Ambien plus 25 mgs. Trazadon, which helps me to stay asleep for awhile. But I’ll try the Ps. 23 visualization.

  11. Lordy, (or, Dear Lord), actually – thank the Lord! So weird – I have had insomnia for about 6 years now myself (also apnea but can’t adapt to the machine.) I JUST got off the phone with someone having had an extensive conversation about insomnia and then go to my e-mail and find this. This is such a great community. I’m getting blue berries first thing tomorrow morning and dream of blue angels tonite. 🙂

    • hi Denise

      I hope this helps you. I had insomnia for 6 years also.

      Right now, the acai – fresh – works for me, and is cheaper than blueberry juice…..I also eat some raisins with yogurt in the afternoon…another dose of ferulic acid…

      let me know if it helps……give it a few days.

      also, add a 5 mg of melatonin, plus 2 capsules of 400 mg valerian root….you can find both in a drug store.

  12. 5 Foods That Help You Sleep

    1. Cherries. Fresh and dried cherries are one of the only natural food sources of melatonin, the chemical that controls the body’s internal clock to regulate sleep. Researchers who tested tart cherries and found high levels of melatonin recommend eating them an hour before bedtime or before a trip when you want to sleep on the plane.

    2. Bananas. Potassium and magnesium are natural muscle relaxants, and bananas are a good source of both. They also contain the amino acid L-tryptophan, which gets converted to 5-HTP in the brain. The 5-HTP in turn is converted to serotonin (a relaxing neurotransmitter) and melatonin.

    3. Toast. Carbohydrate-rich foods trigger insulin production, which induces sleep by speeding up the release of tryptophan and serotonin, two brain chemicals that relax you and send you to sleep..

    4. Oatmeal. Like toast, a bowl of oatmeal triggers a rise in blood sugar, which in turn triggers insulin production and the release of sleep-inducing brain chemicals. Oats are also rich in melatonin, which many people take as a sleep aid..

    5. Warm milk. Like bananas, milk contains the amino acid L-tryptophan, which turns to 5-HTP and releases relaxing serotonin. It’s also high in calcium, which promotes sleep.

  13. 10 foods for a good night’s sleep
    Yahoo! Food posts the top 10 foods that facilitate a good night’s sleep.

    The list has a few of the obvious contenders, like Chamomile tea, warm milk, and turkey, but you’re sure to find a new sleep-inducer on this list. The remaining 7 healthy foods are bananas, honey, potatoes, oatmeal, almonds, flaxseeds, and whole-wheat bread.

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  15. Good stuff. I’m going to try something high in ferulic acid– probably blueberries– to help my insomnia and will also buy some for a 72-year-old man I know because of the two strokes he had about a year ago and the seeming onset or graduation of Alzheimer’s and dementia that I think I’ve observed in him.

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