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Tags: mitochondria | melatonin | energy | sleep

Melatonin Improves Energy Production

Friday, 27 April 2018 04:38 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Mitochondria are the energy producers in our cells. They are the power plants for the body. We need healthy mitochondria for energy production.

Scientists had eight diabetic rats and eight lean rats receive or not receive melatonin in their drinking water for six weeks to evaluate the effect on mitochondrial function.

The researchers — whose study was published in the Journal of Pineal Research — found that mitochondrial production increased in both lean and diabetic rats when they were given melatonin.

Furthermore, all of the melatonin-treated rats showed a reduction in oxidative markers.

We all need healthy mitochondria, which are very sensitive to oxidative stressors and nutrient deficiencies.

Melatonin is a hormone naturally produced in the body’s pineal gland, which is located in the brain. It is produced at night when you are sleeping.

I frequently recommend melatonin to help patients sleep better at night. It is an incredibly safe supplement. Far too many people suffer from mitochondrial and poor sleep issues due to a lack of melatonin.

Supplementing with melatonin has a few adverse effects which include next-morning drowsiness or more rarely, nightmares.

Side effects with melatonin use can easily be rectified by lowering the dose.

When I prescribe it, I usually recommend 0.5 to 3 mg per night.

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