Rhythmicity from the start👶
🪶 I am an antioxidant synthesized in darkness from tryptophan and serotonin. What am I?
I have been wanting to share today's review for a long time. I learned a ton about melatonin from this paper, such as how it:
is a more powerful antioxidant than vitamin C and vitamin E
protects ova and sperm from damage
is suppressed in mothers with pre-eclampsia and eclampsia
protects mothers from long-term damage from pregnancy-induced high blood pressure
through circadian rhythmicity, may protect babies from adverse outcomes including metabolic disorder, obesity, adhd and autism spectrum disorders
and so much more
Circadian Rhythm and Melatonin
The circadian rhythm controls melatonin cycles. If you remember from Useful Jargon, endo/exo pathways are important to consider! In the body, melatonin naturally rises in the night, but only in darkness. The modern lifestyle tends to provide about 16 hours of blue-enriched artificial light. This is far too much and is the #1 reason about 99% of people in the USA are suffering from disruption1.
This review highlights the special need for future-parents to restore nighttime darkness.
That's all for today, but you can always review the archive at nikkofujita.substack.com. I will send more research about natural light cycles in my upcoming emails📩.
You may also be interested in:
Useful jargon📕: how photosynthesized Vitamin D beats dietary Vitamin D
Consolidated vs unconsolidated sleep😴: how artificial lighting unnaturally compresses human sleep patterns
Circadian rhythmicity🏙: how eliminating blue-light induced disruption is a new frontier in health
⭐️ Circadian Coaching: how to help those in your care resynchronize and strengthen their rhythms ← ((this one is PACKED with info and citations))
P.S. The answer to the "Who am I?"question is, of course, melatonin.