Healthy aging and disease prevention
The anti aging properties of melatonin are extolled in, “The Melatonin Miracle”, by Walter Pierpaoli. Melatonin increases human growth hormone and helps protect your mitochondria. The mitochondria are the “energy machines” of the cell and mitochondrial damage is associated with increased risk for Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and other dementias as well as heart failure and muscle weakness. Studies in mice have been shown to reverse changes in the aging brain.
A number of studies support the use of melatonin not only as a sleep aid, but also as an immune booster in immunosuppressed conditions, a cancer fighter through its anti oxidant and immune enhancing properties, and a new tool in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Melatonin is thought to play a protective role in the development of the neurologic diseases, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease.
So, pull the plug on your night-light, draw the curtains, and make the room as dark as possible to support your natural melatonin production. Wearing a night mask may help you sleep, but the body is not fooled as every cell in your body reacts to the light. It needs to be dark. Consider low dose melatonin supplements if sleep is an issue before you reach for the pharmaceuticals. If you have cancer or are at high risk for cancer, you may need to supplement with higher doses. As always, consult a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner before you embark on a supplement regimen.
“How to Achieve Healthy Aging”, by Neal Rouzier, is a source for much of the above material.