Melatonin: Not Just For Sleep

Posted: June 22, 2011 in Supplements

Everyone knows about melatonin, the natural sleep hormone that helps regulate our circadian rhythms. With so many people experiencing sleep disorders it’s popularity has skyrocketed. But did you also know melatonin also has many other potential health benefits, such as weight loss and cardiovascular health?

A recent study at the University of Granada reports that melatonin helped people to lose weight without reducing caloric intake. The study, which appeared in the Journal of Pineal Research (dig out your copy) also found that melatonin showed other positive health benefits, such as lowering systolic blood pressure, lowering triglycerides, lowering LDL, and increasing HDL.

Now before you go loading up on supplemental melatonin, remember that it is a powerful hormone. As such, many nutritionists only recommend it for occasional use. But melatonin does occur naturally in many foods, such as cherries, apples, oranges, strawberries, kiwis, almonds, oats, corn, and rice.

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