Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant hormone produced naturally in the body by the pineal gland. It lowers body temperature in order to manage our sleep/wake cycle; thereby acting as our “inner clock.” It regulates the circadian rhythm as well as the deep stages of sleep, the time in which an individual’s immune system is stimulated. Since it is a hormone that is suppressed by bright light, melatonin levels are higher at night and decline as we age.
BENEFITS OF MELATONIN
may include but are not limited to:
- Powerful Antioxidant
- Potential Cancer Prevention and Treatment
- Enhanced Immune System
- Improved Sleep
- Avoid jet lag
- Biologic regulation of circadian rhythms
Melatonin has been used for years to treat jet lag and insomnia. Melatonin supplementation allows for an individual’s sleep/wake cycle to be adjusted, which ensures quality rest at night as well as optimal function during the day.
In the January 1997 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, melatonin was touted as a potential anti-cancer agent. Hundreds of studies have also shown that melatonin can scavenge free radicals, induce youthful sleep patterns and possibly slow the aging process.