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Melatonin: It's for more than sleep!

Melatonin is an often misunderstood molecule. There is a lot of false and misleading information about it. It is often called the sleep hormone and it does help us sleep but it has many other valuables benefits as well. Many top scientists have suggested that it can be lifesaving and can even work in higher doses at a cellular level.

Melatonin was particularly demonized during C*vid when many top doctors suggested that melatonin in high doses could be life saving for people infected.

But, Melatonin is naturally produced in our body and is stored in the pineal gland during the day and is released as night or darkness approaches. Melatonin is also secreted by our mitochondria in all cells, and is also produced in the gut for microbiome health. There is even some produced in the eye fluids as well as the skin cells! The secretion of melatonin is set by our body's circadian rhythm, which means its secretion is aligned to bright light during daytime and darkness at night.

According to Dr. John Lieurance, a Functional Neurologist of 28 years, our melatonin peaks in early childhood and as puberty occurs it begins to decline. And is substantially lower as we reach middle age. And almost non-existent in older people, which gives some plausibility to the idea that as we age, we become more vulnerable to the problems that occur with our brain and nervous system. Is this melatonin deficiency playing a role in the aging of our brain?

If we don't sleep, our body's repair activities (the glymphatic system) can not happen, which can accelerate aging. With the invention of electricity, internet and a society that thrives on go,go, go and a "win at all cost" mindset, many people are not getting a good night's sleep. Could this be part of the reason that neurological diseases have become so rampant in our society?

Melatonin can help to restore memory, attention span, logical thinking and focus, in addition to helping you get a better night's sleep so that your glymphatic system can work to take out the "trash" in your brain daily, by eliminating toxins, free radicals and pro-inflammatory molecules from the brain.

The benefits of melatonin are astounding to say the least. In addition to improving the duration and quality of sleep. It can: support immune system function and help you fight infection; help to inhibit autoimmune disorders; has the potential to lower total cholesterol levels ; could help reduce blood pressure ; is a powerful chelating agent and could help protect the heart and other organs against heavy metal toxicity; could help in balancing sex hormones; could have a role in the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases; could help relieve symptoms of SIBO, Leaky gut, and poor digestion by improving the gut flora and reducing inflammation.

According to a study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences in 2019, it even has the potential to stimulate production of elastin and collagen in the skin, and possibly strengthen the skin matrix, which would slow down the degradation of the skin structure, due to aging. One research study from 2018, published in Life Sciences, shows that the circadian rhythm can help to "orchestrate several cellular functions, including metabolism, cell division, cell migration, and intracellular biological processes through how much melatonin the cells receive"

One of the best ways to stimulate the pineal gland to produce melatonin is to get outside in the sunshine every morning for at least 10-15 minutes (without sunglasses),which could support optimum secretion. During the daylight, when the sun hits the retinas it sends a signal to the pineal gland to stop producing melatonin to promote mental and physical alertness. But it also regulates the production of melatonin so that when you are ready to go to sleep, the melatonin levels are at peak, which gives you quality sleep.



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