pineal gland is in the brain
Melatonin is a naturally occurring compound that is mainly produced by the pineal gland and by some other peripheral cells such as the bone marrow sells. Melatonin is actually a very powerful antioxidant apart from being a compound that can help us go to sleep at night. Melatonin has been used in research to treat cancer, sleep disorders, depression, seasonal affective disorder, sexual dysfunction, and immune disorders for the course of medical science.
However, melatonin should also be taken with caution as medical science as also found that an overdose’s adverse effects to be not that desirable. Not only can it have an effect on your sleep patterns during the day, it can also drowsiness, nausea, irritability, hormone fluctuations, grogginess, vivid dreams and nightmares, and even hypothermia.
Since Melatonin is naturally occurring within our bodies, we can take control of its production by ingesting some healthy food. Have you ever heard of turkey meat causing drowsiness? It turns out turkey meat is chunk with one of the 20 essential ammino acids called tryptophan. Tryptophan is a biochemical precursor of the neurotransmitter called Serotonin. Serotonin is attributed to the feeling of well-being and happiness. Serotonin can can be converted to melatonin via N-acetyltransferase and 5-hydroxyindole-O-methyltransferase activities.
Foods rich in tryptophan worth mentioning are:
- dried dates
also bananas, grapes, cherries
Try to pick low-sugar carbohydrate sources such as whole grain oats or cereals or bread. The reason for this is that meals rich in carbohydrates trigger the release of insulin in our bloodstream. Insulin makes the transport of tryptophan into the cerebrospinal fluid a lot faster. When tryptophan is metabolized faster, it becomes serotonin, which further metabolizes into naturally occurring melatonin. in cherries,bananas, grapes,
N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine – serotonin related?
st johns wort is a source
melatonin can suppress libido