Many people have heard of melatonin to help aid sleep issues such as insomnia. However, there are other benefits of melatonin that can help attain optimal health. Exciting research is pouring in showing that melatonin can have an effect in diseases from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease to anti-aging factors.
Melatonin is a hormone that is secreted by the pineal gland, which is about the size of a pea, located deep in the centre of the brain. Melatonin is highly sensitive to light; light reduces the trigger of melatonin and darkness increases it and that helps regulate sleep patterns. In other words, if you are exposed to light in the middle of the night, melatonin production diminishes vastly and vice versa.
Top 5 Health Benefits Of Melatonin
A Powerful Antioxidant: Melatonin is not just a sleep aid but a powerful antioxidant as well that helps protect us from infection, inflammation, and autoimmunity. If you are a regular reader of my blogs, you know how I feel about low-level inflammation: it is the core cause of most illness, disease, faster aging and weight gain.
Help For Your Sluggish Thyroid: As we age, night levels of melatonin also decline and with it come an overall decrease in quality and quantity of sleep. Not to mention a reduction in many hormones and thyroid including the ones responsible for metabolism. Sluggish thyroid can result in weight gain. Studies show that melatonin is a powerful tool that can help alleviate the dreaded ‘Menopause Belly’ as well as improve one’s mood.
Research on animals shows that longevity occurs with melatonin. The
Cancer Prevention and Therapy: Studies prove that cancer cell growth and division can be interfered with melatonin and thus, prevent cancer from occurring. Research shows that intervening with melatonin in advanced stages of cancer either by slowing the progression of the disease or ameliorating the side effects of cancer treatment. Melatonin also activates the immune system to such a degree that leading experts feel it to be an accompanying therapy. Long term night shift workers are at a greater risk for cancer as their melatonin is suppressed due to increased exposure to light during the night hours.
Anti-Aging: Melatonin can make you look younger. Studies show that melatonin stimulates the growth of fibroblasts. Those are special cells that produce collagen and elastin that keep your skin smooth, firm and wrinkle free. Studies show melatonin is a stronger free radical scavenger than vitamins C and E, which are important for youthful skin.
Not only can melatonin help prevent faster aging; it can also exert beneficial effects against age-related bone loss. Simply adding