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More about Melatonin

Importance of Melatonin

Melatonin is generally recognised by most as the sleep hormone, however, it has far more important functions.

  • Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger and 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 a certain cancer cell types as well as triggering cancer cell apoptosis (self destruction). {REF: Dr Mercola)
  • It interferes with the new blood supply tumours require for their rapid growth.
  • Melatonin can boost the effectiveness and decrease the toxicity of chemotherapy.

How is Melatonin Produced?

Melatonin special photoreceptor cells (Melanocytes) in the retina send signals about light status to the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in the hypothalamus of the brain. These signals are then transmitted to the pineal gland, which then produces Melatonin.