Melatonin Helps Cut Fat

Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain that promotes sleep. It is produced cyclically in response to darkness and light. Supplementing melatonin might promote weight control— according to the results of a study on mice by Italian researchers. Lean and obese mice were given melatonin or a placebo in their drinking water for eight weeks. Melatonin reduced weight, fat storage area and reversed fat tissue enlargement in the obese mice, but not the lean mice. It worked by decreasing inflammation and normalizing adipokines, which are important fat-signaling chemicals. Melatonin supplements help promote sleep and weight control. (Nutrition Research, 35: 891-900, 2015)

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