According to a study whose results are published in the February 2004 issue of Hypertension, repeated use of melatonin appears to lower blood pressure.
According to a study from Stanford University researcher David Spiegel. Disrupted sleep alters levels of cortisol, a hormone that effects "natural killer cells" that battle cancer. The study finds sleep may influence how well your body fights cancer.
Beyond its antioxidant property, melatonin may have a direct antineoplastic effect via a direct on cancer cells. There is some evidence for melatonin's inhibitory effects on breast cancer, melanoma, ovarian carcinoma, bladder carcinoma, neuroblastoma, and prolactinoma.
“Our results clearly demonstrate the ability of melatonin to inhibit the process of forming the “signature” amyloid protein bundles seen in Alzheimer’s disease [AD],” said Pappolla. In AD, toxic fibrillar aggregates of a protein called amyloid beta protein are the pathologic landmark of the disease. “What is equally intriguing is that persons with AD also show remarkably lower concentrations of melatonin in their brains,” he added.
Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland, a pea-size structure at the center of the brain. At night, as our eyes register darkness, melatonin is produced to help our bodies regulate our sleep-wake cycles. The amount of melatonin produced by our body seems to lessen as we get older. believe this Researchers feels this may explain why young people have less problems sleeping than older people.
Studies have shown taking melatonin supplements can help us sleep and ease jet lag. Taking melatonin has shown to be safe; it is non-addictive and has no side or morning after effects (like most over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids). may have many other uses and has been reported to make people feel better, strengthen the immune system, and reduce free radicals in the body. Current research is underway to determine melatonin’s effect as an anti-oxidant and as an immno-modulator in cancer. More recent studies have shown taking melatonin before bedtime may help lower blood pressure.
Melatonin should only be taken at nighttime, usually about thirty minutes prior to going to bed. If you commonly sleep during the night, melatonin should not normally be taken during the day - and vice versa - because melatonin plays a role in setting the body’s daily clock.
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