More about Melatonin
Melatonin is generally recognised as the sleep hormone; however, it also plays other important roles in the human body:
- Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger that helps combat inflammation.
- It is thought to help slow down the ageing of the brain.
- It has been shown to have anti-cancer benefits.
- It inhibits the proliferation of certain cancer cell types, as well as triggering cancer cell apoptosis (self destruction). (REF: Dr Mercola)
- It interferes with the blood supply that new tumours require for their rapid growth.
- Melatonin can boost the effectiveness, and decrease the toxicity, of chemotherapy and other cancer treatment drugs.
How is Melatonin Produced?
Special photoreceptor cells (melanocytes) in the retina send signals, communicating the perceived environmental light level, to the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in the hypothalamus of the brain. These signals are then transmitted to the pineal gland, which then produces Melatonin.