What is Melatonin-3?
Melatonin-3 is the principle hormone produced and secreted by the brain’s pineal gland and is responsible for maintaining circadian rhythm (the body’s biological clock), regulating the endocrine (hormone) system and supporting the immune system. The level of melatonin produced by the body is heavily influenced by sunlight. At night, the secretion of melatonin is much higher than during the day. When this process is interrupted, certain symptoms can occur such as disruptions in the sleep/wake cycle, headaches, mental and physical fatigue and irritability.
Melatonin is also one of the hormones that controls the timing and release of female reproductive hormones. It helps determine when menstruation begins, the frequency and duration of
menstrual cycles, and when menopause begins. It’s a powerful regulator of sex hormone production and can effect mood, immunity, reproduction and bone health.* Melatonin supplements
may benefit menopausal women by supporting and sustaining sleep and by supporting osteoblasts that support bone health.
Melatonin plays an important role in when we fall asleep and when we wake up. Darkness stimulates the release of melatonin
and light suppresses its activity. Normal melatonin cycles are disrupted when we are exposed to excessive light in the evening
or too little light during the daytime. Melatonin supports sleep onset and quality of sleep and increased Rapid Eye Movement time, deep sleep and dreaming.* These changes demonstrate better quality sleep, which
produces greater mental, physical and emotional rejuvenation.* Melatonin can decrease the amount of time required to
fall asleep, increase the number of sleeping hours and support daytime alertness. Melatonin may improve the quality of life in people who suffer
from insomnia and some experts suggest that melatonin may be of value for those with learning disabilities who suffer from insomnia.* Melatonin supports sleep quality to help balance sleep
wake cycles, improve physical and mental health and reduce irritability, which is also important.