Ingredient spotlight: Melatonin

While you sleep, your body works the night shift. It’s time to build muscle cells, detoxify the body and support weight loss. The brain is busy too, producing a hormone called melatonin. This hormone has a big responsibility in helping to control your circadian rhythm, or internal clock, which regulates feelings of sleepiness and wakefulness.

Melatonin tells your brain when it is time to sleep. The amount of light you are exposed to and your circadian rhythm both influence how much melatonin your brain produces. This cycle is critical as your body needs adequate sleep for optimal well-being. If this cycle is not kept in balance, our body’s production of melatonin is disrupted.

Why is melatonin important?

I think we all know what disruption of sleep, or lack of sleep, feels like. Our mood is effected and we might find it hard to focus and concentrate.  A lack or absence of sleep affects you physically and emotionally. Sleep is critical in your journey to Whole Health.

Melatonin is necessary for adequate sleep. Melatonin slows your heart rate and your blood pressure falls. Melatonin aids the immune system, it helps eye function, it can reduce oxidative stress and protects against radiation.

A lack of melatonin can stress out our cells. If your body doesn’t relax during sleep, this can cause fatigue during the day. A disruption of melatonin has also been associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer.1

People who live close to the North Pole where there is 24 hours of daylight during their summers make little to no melatonin. They often experience irritability or restlessness. Some develop insomnia or a condition called hypomania, which is characterized by an increase in energy levels and a feeling of euphoria similar to bipolar disorder. These people are more prone to depression in the dark months.2

MelaTrim by PURE

MelaTrim sleep and weight-loss support, a HealthTrim® product, is a combination of herbs, amino acids, minerals and melatonin that together help the body get adequate sleep while also burning calories naturally. A Relaxation Blend of botanicals help the body relax, an Extended-Release Technology provides an initial dose of melatonin to help you fall asleep quickly then gradually delivers a second dose to help you stay asleep through the night, and a non-stimulating Metabolic Blend helps the body burn calories during sleep.*

MelaTrim:

  • Helps the body relax mentally and physically with a Relaxation Blend of botanicals, including magnesium, L-theanine, passionflower and chamomile*
  • Helps the body fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up refreshed with Extended-Release Technology that delivers melatonin in stages throughout the night*
  • Helps the body burn calories naturally while you sleep with a non-stimulating Metabolic-Boosting Pepper Blend*
  • Non-dairy, non-GMO and naturally gluten-free
  • No artificial colors, yeast, sugar or sweeteners, soy, wheat or preservatives
  • Vegetarian capsules
  • Made in a U.S. third-party-certified FDA GMP compliant facility

It’s important to note that sleep disturbances may not always be the cause of low melatonin. Side effects from medications and other illnesses might be the cause. Always consult your healthcare provider first before taking any supplements.

 

1https://www.scholars.northwestern.edu/en/publications/circadian-disruption-associated-with-alzheimers-disease

2http://greenanswers.com/question/which-places-world-have-shortest-and-longest-days-and-how-does-affect-the/

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