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  Dictionary: Melatonin

Melatonin is secreted by the pineal gland. It is a circadian rhythum hormone-thereby affecting the patterns of sleep.

Research has shown that cells of the body rejuvenate and repair during the deeper stages of sleep. It is during the deep stages of sleep that the body produces natural killer cells or CD4 cells.

Melatonin increases the deeper stage of sleep (REM), increasing and enhancing immunity. Improved sleep patterns serve to energize the body and improve mood.

Melatonin has powerful antioxidant effects which accounts for its disease prevention qualities.

Melatonin has tremendous cancer prevention effects due to its enhancement of the immune system (thymus).

Melatonin deficiency results in poor sleep, jet lag, irritability, hypersensitivity and premature aging.