The hormone serotonin converts to melatonin at night and promotes restful sleep. Lack of sleep exacerbates inflammation, the stress hormone cortisol, and high glucose and fat levels in the body. As we age, melatonin levels diminish. Melatonin is vital for deep and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep to support brain regeneration and learning plasticity. For sleep, start with a low dose in a sustained release form.
Benefits and Research:
- Gene activation that inhibits premature aging
- Protects brain health
- Protects DNA from free radical damage by promoting critical antioxidants formed in the body
- Protects the GI tract
- Activation of anti-inflammatory pathways
- Immune balance