Melatonin and your health

Melatonin and your health

Saturday, 14 November 2015

 

You probably have heard that Melatonin is a hormone involved in blood pressure regulation, seasonal reproduction and many others. Melatonin is also naturally released by the brain before sleep. Its release is stimulated when it is dark and suppressed in daylight. Its production depends on how much light a person gets during the day. If you stand more in artificial light (e.g. office job) or work at night, your body will synthesize a lot less melatonin than those who work in natural daylight and sleep at night.

So do you know these benefits?

 

AGAINST INSOMNIA
The ability of Melatonin to regulate the internal clock of humans has long established it as one of the most reliable and natural means of combating insomnia. You can buy it as natural supplement in different packages and it is one of the best ways for overcoming lack of sleep.

You surely know that people who do not sleep enough are at a much greater health risk than those who sleep every night for at least 8 hours. To sum up, we can safely say that melatonin is generally beneficial to our health. Let's look more closely at some other benefits, too.

FOR HEALTHY HAIR
Melatonin may regenerate your hair in the full sense of the word. It can really stop hair loss. Wondering why? This property of melatonin has long been known to science, the first observations being on animals.

What about humans?

There are three stages of hair growth. The first lasts from two to five years. This is the stage of growth or the so called anagen phase. The transitional stage is called catagen phase and lasts several days. The final phase is telogen, after which the cycle starts all over again – new hairs sprout from hair follicles. If the follicles are unable to grow new hair, this leads to hair thinning and balding. It has been shown that melatonin has such antioxidant properties, which protect hair follicles from damage and preserve their ability to produce new and healthy hair.

In a series of studies scientists from the FS University, Jena, Germany, proved the thesis that melatonin can successfully fight hair loss. The group which used melatonin significantly increased the speed of hair growth during the anagen phase compared to the group that did not use melatonin. That is why the most advanced products for combating hair loss and promoting hair growth contain among other ingredients Melatonin. 

FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
We already said that the benefits of melatonin are more than one. Its antioxidant properties fight well the inflammatory processes in the body. With age melatonin levels in our body drop. Its absence can lead to damage to the thymus, which is a key component of our immune system. Therefore melatonin is important for our immunity. Furthermore, it is shown that it also slows down the aging process of the brain.