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
- 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.
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