Written by Jennifer McClinton — Melatonin is often thought of for sleep and preventing sleep disorders, but research shows that this natural hormone may also have other beneficial effects on our bodies. Melatonin is naturally produced in our pineal gland. The pineal gland is located in the center of our brains and its main function is to alert our body when it is time to sleep and when it is time to wake. (1)(17) Although regulating our sleep is the main function of melatonin in our bodies, research shows that melatonin production in our body also supports our mental health, our reproductive system, and cell production. (1)(4)(10)
Along with these amazing benefits to our bodies, studies show it can support our cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels), promote anti-aging and reduce inflammation, along with so many more! (2)(3)(9) Although our bodies naturally produce melatonin, aging and lifestyle factors can impact how well our bodies produce this hormone and prevent melatonin deficiency. Continue reading to learn more about how to increase melatonin production.