Melatonin is a natural hormone that secretes our body, its functions are innumerable for the proper functioning of life: it coordinates and regulates biological rhythms, participates in innumerable neuroendocrine, neurophysiological processes, stimulates our immune system … It is also the most powerful endogenous antioxidant that is known, whose therapeutic applications are innumerable …
The pineal gland is the body structure that produces melatonia, a structure well known in ancient Greece and Rome and which they used to call “The seat of the soul”, where psychic and somatic processes are activated. And they were not wrong, since the pineal gland controls all the neuroendocrine centers of the hypothalamus.
Melatonin is therefore a hormone with wonderful properties that is secreted only at night and that we can also find in many of our usual foods. But let’s first see what all its interesting virtues are.
Its sedative action regulates our biological cycles. It has been proven, for example, that in cases of insomnia , its exogenous administration causes people to fall asleep at the time of administration.
Its ability to keep tissues in good condition and protect us from free radicals is undoubtedly greater than any other endogenous or exogenous element, more so than glutathione or vitamin E. Hence, many investigations that are being carried out today are intended to investigate possible cures for Alzheimer’s , Parkinson’s …
Protector of the Immune system
Thanks to its properties we defend ourselves better against stress situations, viral diseases, it also protects us from the passage of time and aging … That is to say, if we keep our melatonin at a good level through a healthy life and a correct diet, we can benefit from all its qualities.
Balance emotional disorders
Especially in people who suffer problems due to changes in time and season. In cases of menopausal women it is very important to regulate their levels of melatonin, during this time of their life is very common insomnia, mood swings … Hence, regulating in an optimal way your melatonia levels will undoubtedly improve your rest and emotional balance
It helps to lose weight and produces good fat
Scientists have discovered that melatonin effectively regulates weight gain by stimulating the appearance of ‘beige fat’, that is, a type of fat cell that burns calories in vivo instead of storing them. Unlike white adipose tissue, which does store those calories and causes weight gain, beige fat (also known as ‘good fat or slimming’) helps regulate body weight control and, therefore, its metabolic benefits .
In what foods can we find melatonin?
- Cherries : Natural source of melatonin, besides including important Vitamin A, C and E.
- Nuts : Their habitual consumption – for example in the morning – considerably increases our levels of melatonin, in 1 gram of walnuts we obtain 3.4 ng of this hormone.
- Mustard : besides being perfect for a slimming diet, it contains a very acceptable level of melatonin.
- Almonds: Ideal source of energy and whose composition also includes this important hormone.
- Bananas: Excellent source of potassium , which in addition to taking care of our health provides us with an adequate amount of very optimal melatonin to function as a natural sedative.
- Goji berries : In addition to melatonin, it has a high content of carotenoids, providing good antioxidant properties. It also contains essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid that promotes the loss of fat. Very recommended.
- Tomatoes: In addition to having a diuretic, antioxidant effect, eliminating uric acid and cholesterol, tomatoes are a very good source of melatonin from which we can benefit naturally. Do not stop including them in your diet.
Also note that, as you know, melatonin is a hormone that is secreted in our body only in darkness, hence never neglect your rest … relax and let our body work by itself always accompanying a proper diet. Melatonin is a wonderful ally of our health that you should not neglect.