(Calgary, AB) - Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain. It helps regulate other hormones and maintains the body's circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is an internal 24-hour “clock” that plays a critical role in when we fall asleep and when we wake up. When it is dark, your body produces more melatonin; when it is light, the production of melatonin drops (1)
Recently, there has been some discussion about melatonin and its relationship to prostate cancer. Preliminary research seems to suggest that an increase in melatonin levels may cause a reduction in prostate cancer in men.
On January 20, 2014 The University Herald published an article titled "Prostate Cancer Linked To Melatonin In New Study: Can The Sleep Hormone Help Lower The Risk Of The Disease?"
The article cited a study that was presented at an American Association of Cancer Research meeting held in San Diego, California which focused on prostate cancer. According to the study "Men who had higher levels of melatonin had a 75 percent reduced risk for developing advanced prostate cancer compared with men who had lower melatonin."
The article went on to state, "in experimental studies - animal studies and prostate cancer cell lines - it's been shown that melatonin has an inhibiting effect on prostate tumor growth,"
However, the article also went on to caution that the results are preliminary and that future research needs to be done to establish a cause and effect relationship.
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When asked to comment on the melatonin articles/studies Life Choice, owner and founder, Dr. Eldon Dahl , ND said " These preliminary studies look promising. We do know that higher levels of melatonin can help strengthen the immune system. It can also help people who have problems sleeping (insomnia)." He continued, "It [melatonin] also helps women with menopause; it helps people better deal with issues revolving around epilepsy, ADHD & autism; and it looks promising [melatonin] when we talk about breast cancer and slowing down the aging process."
More than 50 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, including insomnia, excessive drowsiness, and restless movement during sleep. Sleep disorders can disrupt a person's lifestyle by causing a shorter attention span, decreased energy and physical strength more
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