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. Read the paper here: Melatonin and stable circadian rhythms optimize maternal, placental and fetal physiology (2013).
Or, keep reading for my summary. This is a great introduction to the topic, which I wrote about in much more depth here.
I learned a ton about melatonin from this review, 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 rise…
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