Melatonin increases the speed of falling asleep and adds to the quality of sleep. It also offers strong protection against free radicals and supports healthy DNA.
Melatonin is a hormone derived from the amino acid tryptophan. It’s primarily synthesized by your pineal gland in your brain and released mostly at night to make falling asleep easier.
In addition to healthy sleep support, melatonin offers protection against free radicals and has been shown to support immune health, healthy brain function and more.
Melatonin and sleep
A good night's sleep is crucial for overall health and well-being. But many people experience difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Healthy sleep patterns are governed by your body’s circadian rhythm, and melatonin helps keep your circadian rhythm in tune.
But melatonin release declines with age, and can be affected by jet lag, shift work and more. Melatonin promotes healthy sleep/wake patterns and encourages the onset, duration and quality of sleep.
Melatonin and oxidation
Melatonin also offers strong protection against oxidative stress. Melatonin is especially important for healthy cellular DNA and mitochondrial support because it helps inhibit oxidative damage by acting as a free radical scavenger. Melatonin does so more effectively than many other antioxidants.
Melatonin and immune health
Melatonin has a beneficial impact on the immune system. It activates T-helper cells, which trigger other immune cells, supporting immune system responses.
Melatonin and cognitive health
Age-related cognitive decline may be correlated to decreased melatonin levels. Melatonin supplementation can help support the brain's normal protection against free radicals and may help support cognitive function.