A natural source of melatonin

Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland. Is thought to play a key role in anti-aging effect, and help with the effect of jet lag and insomnia. But it also calls for caution when using melatonin as a supplement, given the power of its effect. One of the problems of melatonin is that most studies were done in animals such as rats, not humans. Animal studies are used by scientists to indicate when a substance has potential and can give valuable results even though they are ethically questionable and there are other alternatives. One such study was done at the University of Texas at Health Science Centre.

While it was founded by a grant from the walnut industry of California, these scientists were able to establish not only that walnuts contain melatonin, but could be absorbed, at least for rats. They also believed that humans could also absorb the melatonin in walnuts. Unfortunately, they do not know how many nuts would have to eat to obtain the benefits established in the potential of the study. Could be too. But using food as a source of melatonin, you may have a better option that is much healthier, especially if you suffer a serious illness.

Scientists at the University of Texas also found that melatonin has an antioxidant effect. Antioxidants protect cells from oxidation. Antioxidants decrease the aging process and, interestingly, melatonin levels generally decrease with age.

The anti-oxidant effect of melatonin has been presented before. Dr. Reiter, also of the Division of Science and Health, University of Texas, believes it can protect the central nervous system along with the body, as it generally produces free radicals. He also thinks that melatonin can improve the body’s production of another antioxidant, glutathione peroxidase.

Some people who should not take melatonin supplements are:

Pregnant women.
Women who are breastfeeding.
The couples trying to achieve.
People with severe allergies.
Patients with cancer and HIV.

While we recommend that people with cancer take melatonin has not been enough research done in humans, according to Dr. Kenneth Cooper. But some of the research done in people suggest that melatonin may be helpful if taken under the supervision of a doctor. Here is the crossroad of the problem. Melatonin is a very powerful substance. Only small doses are needed to make improvements. For example, Dr. Cooper cites the example of doses as small as 2 to 3 mg, for some people who suffer from insomnia.

Overall, melatonin is very promising, and may help people with serious diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis. Meanwhile, increasing our daily intake of foods such as nuts, which potentially could give us this valuable nutrient, it can bring a wide variety of health benefits, and reduces the aging process.

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