Melatonin is a neurohormone produced in the brain by the pineal
gland, from the amino acid tryptophan. The synthesis and release of
melatonin are stimulated by darkness and suppressed by light,
suggesting the involvement of melatonin in circadian rhythm and
regulation of diverse body functions. Levels of melatonin start to
increase prior to bedtime. Synthetic melatonin supplements have
been used for a variety of medical conditions, most notably for
disorders related to sleep. Melatonin possesses antioxidant
activity, and many of its proposed therapeutic or preventive uses
are based on this property. This important book presents a full
spectrum of research on melatonin and is destined to become an
essential reference for anyone interested in melatonin.
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