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Melatonin Part 2: Ways to Increase or Decrease Melatonin Levels

Although melatonin is known as a hormone that helps you sleep, it has many other health benefits. Read this post to learn about ways to increase or decrease melatonin levels.

Melatonin 2-Part Series

This post is part 2 of a 2-part series.

Factors That Increase Melatonin Levels

1) Melatonin Supplements

In a review of 35 studies, researchers found that melatonin supplementation slightly improves sleep quality (R).

Melatonin shows promise in improving insomnia and reducing jet lag. It also does not have any serious side effects (R).

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24 Surprising Health Benefits of Melatonin – Sleep, Brain, Gut Health, Antiaging, Cancer, Fertility, and more

Beyond sleep and circadian rhythm, melatonin has many important health benefits because it is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory hormone. Read this post to learn more about how melatonin is critical for brain health, gut health, and fertility, and may help treat and prevent.

Plus also why melatonin supplementation doesn’t help with sleep for many people.

Melatonin is derived from the amino acid tryptophan and the neurotransmitter serotonin (R).

Melatonin has many important functions in the body, including:

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A surprising Ebola treatment option: melatonin

By Wright: (NaturalNews) A new report published in the Journal of Pineal Research states that an over-the-counter supplement might be one of our best defenses against the Ebola virus. Widely known as a remedy that encourages normal sleep-wake cycles, melatonin is readily available for purchase online or at local drug stores. And yet, researchers have long recognized that melatonin is far more than just a simple aid for sleep -- it's also a potent antioxidant and treatment for sepsis, a condition associated with Ebola virus infections.

How sleep and hormones affect cancer risk


Sleep is vital to one's health and well being. It has been implicated that loss of sleep can directly affect the immune system and increase the risk of various cancers. The immune and hormonal systems communication seems to be a key factor in preventing cancer cells from dividing beyond the immune system's ability to keep them in check. Melatonin and cortisol are two of the most important hormones in preventing cancer. When these hormones are balanced, the risk of cancer and the rate of its progression can be reduced.

Scientists discover a new natural sleeping pill for children


Having children who develop problems at night can wreck havoc on the sleeping patterns. According to the Canadian Sleep Society, a massive 25 percent of young children have difficulties settling and falling asleep. When they are asked to sleep, they cause a lot disturbance. Research has shown that many parents, especially mothers, are at risk of getting long term insomnia. The worst part is that some of the remedies these parents apply are not as effective as they should. For those looking for a perfect gift for their young ones, scientists have discovered a new sleeping pill for children.

Melatonin could inhibit breast cancer growth: study


A recent study carried out by researchers from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and Foundation for Research Support of the State of Sao Paulo has revealed that melatonin, a hormone which regulates the body's sleep-wake cycle, could help slow the growth of certain types of breast cancer tumors.