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
protects mothers from long-term damage from pregnancy-induced high blood pressure
may protect babies from adverse outcomes including metabolic disorder, obesity, adhd and autism spectrum disorders
is suppressed in mothers with pre-eclampsia and eclampsia
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.