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Melatonin Regulates Our Cycles, Mood, Reproduction, Weight and May Help Combat Cancer

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  • The hormone melatonin is most known for its role in helping you sleep, but research indicates it also help protect your brain health and fight against cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and more
  • Melatonin appears to improve weight control by increasing ‘beige’ fat, which is a heat-generating type of fat that helps your body to burn calories rather than store them
  • Melatonin has a ‘calming’ effect on several reproductive hormones, which may explain why it seems to protect against sex hormone-driven cancers, including ovarian, endometrial, breast, prostate and testicular cancers
  • When you turn on a light at night, your biological clock instructs your pineal gland to immediately stop producing melatonin; sleeping in complete darkness is important for healthful melatonin production

By Dr. Mercola

Melatonin is a hormone your body produces at night, and one of its primary roles is to help you sleep. But this benefit, for which it is arguably most widely known, is only one of many.

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