Melatonin is a hormone produced in the pineal gland. It is most well known for its effect on sleep and wake cycles. Research has shown it to be extremely helpful in preventing jet lag.
Melatonin has other beneficial effects on the immune system. It has been shown to decrease the recurrence of breast cancer; It is a potent antioxidant as well. Melatonin improves depression, fatigue, anxiety and memory loss associated with aging.
Sleep is essential to memory, mood and well-being. It is also critical for weight loss. Healthy Sleep cycle is dependent on healthy melatonin levels and receptor availability.
Cortisol down regulates melatonin receptors, so melatonin is unable to bind to its receptor, thus impairs its beneficial action.
At Center for Age Management, we can evaluate both Cortisol and Melatonin levels.