MELATONIN AND AGING
Use of Melatonin -- a non-prescription hormone that body produces
naturally is promising to slow aging -- but we're not sure about long term
HOW DOES MELATONIN LINK TO AGING:
- (1) The pineal gland that produces melatonin
shrinks with age, so melatonin production declines as we age.
- (2) In addition to the pineal gland, digestive
tract is another source of melatonin production. And melatonin
production increases in the digestive tract when calories are
restricted, which may explain why dietary restrictions have shown to
increase life span.
- (3) The mice experiments have shown atleast
20% increase in life span.
- (4) It's a powerful antioxidant.
- (5) It enhances the immune system.
- (6) Benefits such as preventing cancer and
protecting heart, providing restful sleep will indirectly prolong
Of course, there are surer routes to good health and longevity. Here're
few other suggestions to control signs of aging and to keep young for
- Adopt the Life Style associated with
Longevity--regular exercise, low fat diet, no smoking, moderate
drinking, sleeping seven or eight hours-but not less than six or more
than nine, using mental abilities, discipline, altruism, optimism,
spiritual faith and above all love of life.
- Other common sense tips include: active
life-having a reason for living, an active sex life, controlling
stress, good marriage and social life, proper use of lungs, proper use
of intercostal muscles, and using diaphragm for proper deep Breathing.
- Common sense tips based on aging theories: (1)
Use antioxidants such as Vitamins E and C, and Selenium (2) Lower
polyunsaturated (vegetable oils) fat in diet (3) Diet to slow
autoimmune aging (4) Consume Nucleic Acids (DNA, RNA) to repair
- Keep Young with Biochemicals that are SAFE and
NATURAL such as certain vitamins, and enzymes--many of them are
present in natural foods.
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