Melatonin supports the body's sleep-wake cycle.
Benefits of Sleep
Sleep provides numerous health benefits, including defence against oxidative stress. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone and a powerful antioxidant that acts as a sleep aid by helping to regulate sleep and wake cycles.
Melatonin - the facts
What is it?
- a hormone, produced naturally in the pineal gland
- made from the amino acid tryptophan
- an antioxidant which supports immune function
What does it do?
- Melatonin plays a role in the body's natural rhythms, including the sleep cycle (
- Melatonin helps regulate other hormones, which in turn supports other body functions, such as the release of female hormones
- Melatonin assists with the timing and release of female reproductive hormones. It helps determine when a woman starts to menstruate, the frequency and duration of menstrual cycles, and when a woman stops menstruating (menopause).
- The body makes more melatonin in the evening, in response to less light, and maintains higher levels over night encouraging sleep
- Blood levels of
melatonin decrease as we age, which may explain why older and elderly people have more difficulty sleeping at night.
- Supplementation can support your natural circadian rhythm and provide a more restful sleep.
- If you are considering using melatonin supplements, talk to your doctor first.
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