Prevent Cancer with Amazing Natural Hormone
Did you know that playing on your computer at night or even reading yourself to sleep can increase your risk of cancer? It’s true. Turns out being exposed to artificial light at night shuts off your production of a critical hormone. A hormone your body needs not only for a good night’s sleep but also for overall health.
In fact, this key hormone plays a vital role in cancer prevention, boosting your immune system, and even slowing down the brain aging process.
I’m talking about melatonin, a hormone produced by your brain’s pineal gland. In today’s article I’ll show you how important melatonin is to your overall health. I’ll also explain how you can take steps to ensure this essential hormone is allowed to do its job.
What Is Melatonin and How Does It Work?
Melatonin is a hormone that helps your body regulate other hormones. It is also key in maintaining your body’s circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythm is your body’s “clock,” and plays an essential role in controlling when you wake up and fall asleep.
Over hundreds of thousands of years our ancestors evolved to take cues from the environment. Humans even developed an internal clock function that is regulated by the Earth’s daily phases of lightness and dark.
The clock resides in the pineal gland, deep within your brain. This gland is sensitive to light and dark signals it receives from your eyes. These signals tell it when to produce melatonin, which in turn regulates other body hormones.
The problem comes in with the relatively recent invention of artificial light. Over the last hundred years or so, people have been using artificial light sources to help them read and do other things at night. Before that, people were using candles, lanterns, and other forms of natural firelight to operate at night.
Turns out, electric lights can be very different than natural firelight. And your body is affected differently by each.
You see, when you switch on a light at night, you send a false signal to your brain about the dark-light cycle. Your brain interprets this signal to mean daylight. Thinking day has arrived, your internal clock tells your pineal gland to stop producing melatonin. And it doesn’t matter if you have the light on for a second or an hour, the results are the same. Melatonin production does not start back up when you switch off the light.
Our human ancestors evolved for thousands of years in the red, yellow, and orange wavelengths of natural firelight at night. That’s why these particular light wavelengths do not suppress melatonin secretion. Unfortunately, many modern light sources, like computer screens, emit blue and white wavelengths. These wavelengths do a great job of suppressing melatonin. So if you want to protect your melatonin production, you might consider a low-watt reading light with a yellow or orange light.
The Health Benefits of Melatonin
Melatonin is a powerful hormone that provides you with a long list of health benefits. Here are some of the top reasons you should care.
Immune system: Melatonin is a potent antioxidant and helps fight inflammation. Melatonin has been proven to be critical to the health and functioning of your immune system. In fact, a lack of it can cause your thymus gland, an important part of your immune system, to shrink!
Cancer fighting: Melatonin has been shown to have many important cancer fighting benefits. Melatonin inhibits production of a large range of cancer types. It also has been proven to trigger cancer cell self-destruction!
On top of all that, it interrupts the growth of cancer tumors by interfering with their blood supply. And finally, melatonin helps boost the effectiveness and decrease the toxicity of chemotherapy.
Glioblastoma is a form of brain cancer with a dire prognosis and few effective treatments. But melatonin has been shown to offer hope. In a recent study, glioblastoma patients were given either melatonin and radiation, or just radiation. The results were impressive. 23 percent of patients who received the melatonin were still alive 12 months later. None of those who got only radiation survived.
Another study determined that melatonin slowed the growth of prostate cancer. And studies have found similar findings for colorectal, lung, pancreatic and other kinds of cancers. It turns out that survival rates jump dramatically when melatonin is included in the treatment plan.
Anti-aging: Studies have shown that melatonin might even play a part in slowing down the aging process of your brain.
How to Maximize Your Melatonin Levels
While supplemental melatonin is popular, it comes with some negative consequences. Like most hormones, supplementing melatonin can reduce your body’s natural ability to produce it.
So the very best way to increase your melatonin production (at night, when it’s supposed to be produced) is through natural means. Here are some tips for optimizing your body’s production of melatonin:
Get plenty of exposure to bright sunlight on a regular basis. Your pineal gland secretes melatonin based on the light contrast between day and night. You can up your melatonin production by getting plenty of sunlight during the daytime and complete darkness at night.
Avoid long exposure to artificial light at night. Try not to use your computer, e-reader, or TV within an hour of bedtime. These things emit blue light, confusing your brain and inhibiting melatonin production. Normally melatonin production starts between 9 and 10 at night. But these devices interfere with that process.
Sleep in as total darkness as possible. I know that’s a tall order, but it’s important that you keep your bedroom as dark as possible. Just a small amount of light at night can disrupt your pineal gland’s production of melatonin. So do what you can to make your bedroom as dark as possible.