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Melatonin: Why You Should Make it Instead of Taking it

Friday, March 18th, 2022

From GrassrootsHealth

Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant with many health benefits. Melatonin has been shown to have anticancer effects and to play a role in the regulation of blood pressure and glucose levels. It is also highly anti-inflammatory, with an extensive list of physiological actions that go well beyond sleep and circadian rhythm regulation. Studies have also shown a lower risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and lower mortality due to COVID-19 disease among patients taking melatonin.

Trigger the Production of Your Own Melatonin through Exposure to Sunlight

Most health experts suggest avoiding long-term supplementation with melatonin, however, there is a natural way to get your body to produce its own on a regular basis, without supplementation. Vitamin D and melatonin are both highly affected by exposure to sunlight; the same day-time sun exposure that produces vitamin D can also boost melatonin production!

According to a new hypothesis presented by Zimmerman, S. and Reiter R. and reviewed in the video below, melatonin exists in two main forms within the body – circulatory melatonin, which is produced by the pineal gland and has its major effect on sleep and the circadian rhythm, and subcellular melatonin, which is produced and used locally by the mitochondria within our cells.

Sounds quite a bit like how our bodies produce and use vitamin D, right? Could melatonin be another hormone product of sunlight that has additional non-hormonal health-benefits within the body?

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