Why Melatonin is Way More Than a Sleep Aid

What is Melatonin?|  Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland. This tiny gland is found in the brain. Natural melatonin will help your body’s internal clock control your natural cycle of sleeping and waking hours. It regulates the circadian rhythm and the deep stages of sleep we get.

The amount of light we’re in affects how much melatonin our body produces. Melatonin levels start to rise in the mid- to late evening, remain high during the night, and then levels drop off in the early morning hours. During the shorter days of winter, your body will produce melatonin either earlier or later in the day than normal. This change may lead to symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or winter depression.p stages of sleep. Melatonin also helps maintains the body’s balance, equilibrium and homeostasis.

Melatonin can be found in foods such as meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables, but only in very small amounts and natural melatonin levels will slowly drop with age. Older adults can find that supplementing this hormone is very beneficial to their health. These are the benefits and some symptoms you may experience if your body does not producing enough of this hormone…

Benefits of melatonin include:

  • Powerful antioxidant properties
  • Fights cancer
  • Boosts immune function
  • Scavenges free radicals
  • Promotes youthful sleep patterns
  • Influences stage IV & REM sleep
  • Prevents jet lag
  • Regulates mood
  • Is an energizer
  • Increases natural killer cells and CD-4 cells


  • Poor Sleep
  • Jet Lag
  • Irritability
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Premature Aging
  • Nocturia (excessive night time urination)

In most adults, melatonin is taken in doses from 0.2 to 20.0 mg, based on why it is being used. The right dose will vary from one person to another, so it is important to consult a doctor to learn what the right dosage is for you.

About Dr. Peters:  Dr. Peters medical practice is focused on anti-aging and longevity.  Helping clients look, feel and live longer and better by delaying, preventing and reversing the signs and symptoms of aging.  She received the most prestigious cosmopolitan education around the world.  A graduate with a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), she completed her medical internships and fellowships at Cornell Medical Center, New York, Harvard School of Public Health and Ospadali Galleria in Genoa, Italy.  She is a past scholar of Leopold Schlep Foundation, and the Organization of American States (OAS), New York.

Her medical affiliations include American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, European Academy of Quality of Life and Longevity Medicine and the International Hormone Society. Board Certified with the American Academy of Family Physicians, she is a diplomat with the American Board of Family Practice and an award-recognized physician from Harvard School of Public Health.

For more information on Dr. Peters go to http://www.mdlongevity.com

Vitamin C: What & Why

These fruits and vegetables pack a powerful Vitamin C Punch!

While we hear about the benefits of Vitamin C on a nearly daily basis, few of us know the real ins and outs of this nutrient, which our bodies treat like a vitamin. We know it can be found in citrus fruits and is frequently touted as the way to beat the common cold.

But many of us don’t know that there are several foods, vegetables and fruits which pack more Vitamin C punch than the oft touted orange. And while commercials and health blogs repeatedly recommend you up your Vitamin C intake to bolster your immune system, we’re unaware of many other ways ascorbic acid benefits a well body.

Vitamin C, ascorbic acid, acts as an antioxidant when introduced to the human body. This means it fights the free radicals which damage cells and advance, or at least advance some of the symptoms/signs of, aging. Our lifestyles and the lifestyles of those who surround us bring us into proximity with a variety of free radicals every day, air pollution, cigarette smoke (both first and second-hand), and even sunlight.

Here are some more fast facts about Vitamin C:

  • helps our bodies absorb iron (helps anemics)
  • required in order for our bodies to make collagen (aids in healing)
  • may shorten the length of a cold for those who take in enough via diet and/or supplements

Vitamin C research regarding other medical and healthful healthful benefits is ongoing.

“Vitamin C has received a great deal of attention, and with good reason. Higher blood levels of vitamin C may be the ideal nutrition marker for overall health,” says study researcher Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, of the University of Michigan. “The more we study vitamin C, the better our understanding of how diverse it is in protecting our health, from cardiovascular, cancer, stroke, eye health [and] immunity to living longer.” Source Article

That should be enough information to get you on board about getting more Vitamin C on a regular, if not daily, basis. Our bodies do not store Vitamin C, so it is important to maintain a diet and supplement regimen that provides plenty of ascorbic acid. Beyond orange juice, oranges and grapefruit you can add plenty of:

  • red and green peppers
  • cantaloupe
  • broccoli
  • tomatoes and tomate juice (read labels for additives, sugar & sodium content)
  • kiwi
  • red cabbage
  • kale
  • brussels sprouts
  • cauliflower
  • strawberries

Are Dietary Supplements Necessary?

vitaminsIt’s an often asked question. Do we need to supplement in order to provide our bodies with the proper vitamins, minerals, nutrients and more?

In an ideal world, we’d get everything a healthy body and mind requires from the food we put into our mouths. Before the mass production of pre-processed foods, men and women did rely on food to provide them with vital nutrients. Had their been Vitamin C in pill capsule when travel was by the high seas, there would have been little incident of scurvy.

Our diets have changed quite a lot in the name of convenience. If the food we’re eating comes in a bright and shiny package, there’s a good chance the nutrients inside are not the same as those our forefathers were taking in. That’s why most nutritionists advise their clients to shop the perimeter of the store, avoiding the inner aisles. The more “natural” foods are found around the bulks of those pretty packages.

It’s important to remember that multivitamins and other dietary supplements cannot make up for an unhealthy diet and lifestyle. They can be taken to assist us in getting the nutrients we may be missing in our diets. If you’re not a fan of fruits and vegetables, you might not be getting enough vitamin C or vitamin A. If you’re not a meat eater and/or don’t like greens, you may not be absorbing enough iron.

Consult with your doctor or with a licensed nutritionist to see if you can supplement with dietary changes and/ or additions. If you can’t they may recommend a multi-vitamin or supplement.