Melatonin supports healthy sleep—and your health.
As a hormone, melatonin has long been recognized for the vital role it plays in supporting our body’s circadian rhythms and our sleep/wake cycle, which is intrinsically connected to nearly all aspects of our health. However, this is only a part of what melatonin does in our body. It also supports healthy inflammation and works as a powerful antioxidant, protecting our cells, DNA, and mitochondria, as well as supporting our immune system and fighting the aging process.*
Antioxidants: What they are and why they’re so important.
Antioxidants can be found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, and meat, and they play a key role in our health by actively scavenging and fighting unstable, damaging compounds in the body known as “free radicals.” Free radicals are produced in our bodies every day. They are the natural by-product or “waste” that results from metabolizing food into energy, cell repair after exercise or muscle strain, the absorption of oxygen from the air we breathe, and even the process required to eliminate toxins and chemicals from our bodies.
The “clean up” that antioxidants help our bodies perform is critical because waste takes its toll. When too many free radicals build up it can result in imbalanced inflammatory responses, cell and DNA oxidation, and increased aging. This is why it is so essential to get enough antioxidants each day through the combination of a healthy diet and well-balanced supplements.*
Melatonin works more wonders than most other antioxidants.
Most antioxidants, like vitamin C, only work in one or two specific ways.
Melatonin works in all of the key ways our body needs antioxidants to work, from prevention of oxidant formation and interruption of the oxidative stress chain reaction. It also scavenges reactive oxygen species (ROS) stopping or delaying oxidation and it repairs oxidized and damaged molecules at the cellular level.*
Even more important, unlike nearly all other antioxidants or any molecule for that matter, melatonin has a unique ability to cross the blood-brain barrier.* The blood-brain barrier is a naturally protective border that stops toxins, and many other molecules in our blood from crossing into our brain and nervous system. The challenge is that this border is so protective that it also blocks beneficial molecules.
But melatonin is unique. It’s able to cross the blood-brain barrier because it’s soluble in both water and lipids (fat), which enables it to freely pass the barrier and flow through all of the body’s tissues and vital organs.
This significant finding is creating much excitement among scientists and the medical community, as very few molecules are able to do this.
Source link: https://symphonynaturalhealth.com/blogs/blog/melatonin-made-from-plants-is-up-to-646-more-effective by Phyllis Nortey at symphonynaturalhealth.com