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Melatonin Supplements – What do they actually do?

                Melatonin, the sleep hormone   You probably know melatonin as the sleep hormone. You may also know that it is linked to the (perceived) drowsiness of a large turkey dinner because melatonin is made from the amino acid tryptophan, of which turkey is one of the best sources.  (But it’s more likely the very large meal that makes you sleepy, rather than the turkey). Tryptophan   —converted to—>   Serotonin   —converted to—>   Melatonin Melatonin is actually a neurohormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain, and it signals to the brain that it’s time to go to sleep.  The body naturally releases this hormone when it thinks it actually is time to go to sleep, i.e. when the sun goes down. So, when the brain detects, through the eyes, that the sun is going down, the pineal gland secretes melatonin.  This happens because of the “blue light effect”, which essentially means that when your eyes see blue-violet light, they think that it’s day time and that you need to be awake and alert. This blue light stops production of melatonin.  Over the course of the evening, as the eyes are exposed to less blue-violet light and more red-amber light (think sunset colours), melatonin is produced and released to start getting you drowsy. You can imagine that this can easily be overridden by exposure to artificial light! In fact, artificial light at night has been associated with health concerns including cancer, particularly breast cancer.(1)  Crazy, hey? In this one minute video, I give you four quick tips how to mimic that sunset light exposure in the evenings/after dark, so your pineal gland releases melatonin: NOTE from Leesa: I’ve linked the f.lux app as well as a few other products that can
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Supplement Questions? Ask Here!

  Do you have a specific question about any supplement? Do you spend money on supplements that are not helping any more (or possibly never did)? Or that may interact or cause an unwanted side effect? Do you KNOW you can eat better and stress less, but for right now just want to know if there is a supplement that can help? And when you check the internet, there are dozens (or more) supplement recommendations? Ask Leesa, the science-based holistic nutritionist with 12-years experience in medical safety: Let me know your supplement questions by putting them in the comments below, or contacting me on social media, or my contact page.  🙂   Are you taking too many supplements? Do you think you might be spending money on supplements that are not helping any more (or possibly never did)? Or that they may interact or cause an unwanted side effect? I can definitely help you! I’ll go through your supplement regimen with both my scientific and medical safety hats on to give you the real evidence-based evaluation on your supplements. What you can expect: Each supplement will be in a chart clearly outlining: the known health benefits and approved uses, and the known risks, cautions and warnings so you don’t take something that may not be good for your particular situation If you’d like a quick consult as well, we can book one to go over the chart and answer your questions Click here for more information how to get my professional evaluation of your personal supplement regimen  References: 1 –   Examine.com is an independent encyclopedia on supplementation and nutrition. We are not affiliated in any way with any supplement company and we have a team of health professionals analyzing the full body of research. WE CURRENTLY HAVE OVER 50,000
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Multivitamin Benefits – Unbranded & Hype-free

                     Multivitamin Benefits? Yup, according to science there are some (but they may not be what you think)…   What’s the real deal with multivitamin supplements (from someone who is not trying to sell you any)? What does the science really say? Are multivitamins risky? Should I take a multivitamin? Are they worth it?   Watch Here: 0:40 Unbranded & hype-free 1:04 What exactly is a multivitamin? 1:49 Multivitamin benefit #1 2:23 Multivitamin safety tips (3 of them) 3:38 Multivitamin benefit #2 4:59 Multivitamin benefit #3 7:28 Multivitamin benefit #4 8:56 Multivitamin benefit #5 9:09 Multivitamin benefit #6     Click here to download the handy list of the six scientifically proven multivitamin benefits.   References: We don’t eat enough nutrients: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/surveill/nutrition/commun/art-nutr-adult-eng.php http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/surveill/nutrition/commun/cchs_focus-volet_escc-eng.php http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3174857/ http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-625-x/2015001/article/14182-eng.htm Our blood levels are low in key nutrients: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26597770 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25277808 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26579949 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26641010 Multivitamin Benefits #1 – #6: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4109789/ Multivitamin Benefit #1 – They’re safe: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24219377 Multivitamin Benefits #2 & #3 – They can help fill small nutrition gaps: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3823510/ Multivitamin Benefits #4, 5 & 6 – They can reduce risk of a few diseases: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24941429 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25584933 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3967170/ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22330823/ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20191258/ Leading causes of death in Canada (Nope, it’s not heart disease & stroke): http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/hlth36a-eng.htm     Can I help you with your health & wellness content?   Need an awesome piece of scientifically-referenced content for your health and wellness website? You can check out some samples in my portfolio here, instantly download (and upload to your website) some pre-written “done for you” posts here, or if you’re ready for professionally written content customized for your business, click here.  
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