Melatonin for Managing Sleep and Weight Loss?

By on 03/24/2016
Melatonin

Melatonin has been one of the most popular natural sleep aid supplements for a long time now, and for good reason: it works! But did you know that emerging research is showing that melatonin can also aid in weight loss?

Melatonin is a hormone that our bodies naturally produce and release (via the pineal gland) at nighttime to initiate the sleeping process; it is also the only hormone available as a supplement in the US without a prescription.

Numerous studies, both old and new, have all confirmed that melatonin supplementation is a very safe, natural and effective way to improve sleep.

In fact, Melatonin as a dietary supplement has even been endorsed by the National Sleep Foundation, a non-profit organization, “dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy.”

While our bodies may produce this hormone naturally, as with so many other health issues, sometimes the process can be negatively affected by stress, illness, or dramatic schedule changes. In these scenarios, melatonin supplementation is a proven treatment to get your sleep back on track. Proper dosage ranges from 1-3mg daily. Use caution to only take it at night, as improper timing could have a negative effect on your sleep/wake cycle.

However, like we said at the beginning of this article, melatonin has been well known and used as a sleep aid for a long time now. This is not exactly groundbreaking news…

What’s more exciting is the new data that suggests melatonin also aids in weight loss!

A study published in the Journal of Pineal Research revealed that melatonin actually triggers the production of a special kind of body fat that helps burn more calories!

(If you didn’t know, there are two kinds of fat in your body: white fat and brown fat. White fat is the bad fat that leads to health problems and weight gain, brown fat, however, actually burns more calories than it stores and aids in weight loss!)

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After feeding one group of rats with regular water and another group with water containing melatonin, researchers discovered that the rats drinking the melatonin enriched water had far more brown fat than the other rats, even though both were fed the same exact food diets.

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Researchers believe melatonin actually helps weight loss in 2 ways: It creates more brown fat, but also helps transform some detrimental white fat into calorie burning brown fat.

New studies are now underway to see if, as suspected, melatonin supplements can also be useful in safely treating type 2 diabetes, metabolic disorders and blood pressure.

To achieve maximum results for better sleep and weight loss, products (like Quik60) now exist that combine the perfect dosage of melatonin with other known natural ingredients that also promote weight loss and restful sleep (supplements like passion flower, kale and cabbage sprout powder). The result is a perfect combo of multiple natural supplements combined into one simple product, all working together to give you the best boost in weight loss… all while having the most amazing sleep of your life!

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