Melatonin and the Health Effects of Light

Renew and rejuvenate your body while you sleep.  At least this was Nature’s plan.  Unfortunately most of us make choices that make it difficult for the body to regenerate fully at night.  It has to do with the body’s production of melatonin and our modern way of living with artificial light, electromagnetic fields and our intake of toxins.

Melatonin lives a double life as a hormone and a super-antioxidant.  It has a protective effect against a variety of diseases (like cancer and heart disease) and it is in part responsible for giving us a good night’s sleep.  When we have larger amounts of melatonin in our body we recuperate, boost our immune system and experience a rejuvenating effect on the body.

There are theories that say that ageing is primarily caused by the effects of free radicals.  This may be true, as the perhaps most potent antioxidant we have, melatonin, reduces with age.

Learn more about melatonin, about how with relatively easy measures you can help increase the production of it in your body.

What is melatonin?

Melatonin is a molecule that has been around for over three billion (3000 million) years.  It was already present in one-celled organisms that were around on earth billions of years ago.  And oddly enough, it looks the same in all the species that we have examined.

One of the roles of melatonin is as a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland, in the middle of the brain.  It lets the body know when it is dark and that way it regulates the day and night rhythm, the cicardian clock.

Besides being a hormone it also works as a potent and versatile antioxidant.  As an antioxidant it helps protect us from free radicals.  This way it protects us from rapid ageing and a number of degenerative diseases, like heart disease and cancer.

Melatonin also activates the immune system at night.

It also affects puberty and fertility.


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