Can you read yourself to sleep or text messages in the early hours of the morning raising your risks of cancer? I bet you can expose yourself to artificial light at night. The production of your body is closed from the important hormone called Melatonin.
Melatonin and roles in cancer prevention, strengthen your immune system, and possibly even slow down cellular aging; in fact, the subject of preclinical research has been on more than 100 different disease applications. It's your body "Superhero of the Night," and the light is the number one nemesis.
In the past century or so, the developed world has been doing an open-ended experiment by prolonging its days and shortening its night in an effort to become a round 24-hour/day, always productive.
However, the light pollution generated by modern technologies has a heavy biological effect on humans, as well as on other forms of life on Earth.
For more than 200,000 years, humans and other life forms have evolved devices that have benefited from environmental cues. We have developed a biological clock ruled by Earth cycles of light and darkness.
Artificial lighting disrupts your biological clock and melatonin production, with unfortunate effects on your health. As Dr. Russell Reiter says in the above presentation, "The light may have killed you."
Dark Side of the night
In humans as it is with all mammals, your biological clock resides in the suprachiasmatic nucleus of your brain (SCN), which is part of your hypothalamus. Based on the signals of light and darkness, your SCN tells your pineal gland when it's time to secrete melatonin.
The light comes through your eyes and travels up your optic nerves to the SCN, which is delicately sensitive to the light and dark cycles.
When you run a light at night, instantly send the misleading brain misinformation about the dark light cycle. The only thing that explains your brain light is today's day belief has arrived, your biological clock instructs your pineal gland immediately to stop its production of melatonin.
Whether you have light on me for an hour or only for a second, the effect is the same-and your melatonin pump doesn't turn back on me when you flip off the rear light.
Since the development of humans in the light of fire, the yellow, orange and red waves do not repress melatonin production The way white and blue wavelengths do. In fact, the set of light that inhibits melatonin is somewhat narrow-460 to 480 nm. If you want to protect your mitonin, when the sun goes down you will turn into a low-power bulb with yellow, orange, or red light. Dr. Reiter suggests using an illuminated salt lamp with a 5 watt bulb in this tonal range.
The Immense Health Benefits of the Melatonin
Hormone melatonin produces a number of health benefits in terms of the immune system. It's a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger that helps combat inflammation. In fact, melatonin is an integral part of your immune system that the absence of your thyroid causes your, a key ingredient in your immune system, to atrophy. Melatonin may have a role in slowing the aging of the brain.
In addition to helping you fall asleep and give a sense of comfort and overall well-being, melatonin has proven to have an impressive range of anti-cancer benefits. Melatonin prevents the spread of a wide range of cancer cell types, as well as the release of cancer cells that cause cancers (self-destruct). The hormone also interferes with new tumors of the blood supply requiring their rapid growth (blood vessels). Melatonin can enhance the effectiveness and reduce the toxicity of cancer chemotherapy.
Melatonin May Be Breast Cancer Worst Nnightmare
Peer-reviewed and published research has shown that melatonin provides particularly strong protection against reproductive cancers. Cells throughout the body-even cancerous cells-melatonin receptors. So when the melatonin makes night tours, the cell division slows down. When this hormone has clamps on a breast cancer cell, it has been found to counter the estrogen tendency to stimulate cell growth.
In fact, Melatonin has a calming effect on many reproductive hormones, which may explain why it seems to protect against cancer-driven sex hormone, including ovarian, endometriosis, breast cancer, prostate and testicle. Gremedico lists 20 studies demonstrating exactly how melatonin puts his protective effect against breast cancer.
But the anti-cancerous effects of melatonin do not stop there. While cancer cells cause self-destruct, the melatonin also enhances your production of catalytic immune materials such as interluken-2, which helps to identify and attack mutant cells that lead to cancer. Through these double actions, melatonin delivers one punch two! The largest area of melatonin research so far has to do with breast cancer. Some of the most impressive studies include the following:
- The epidemiological Journal reported an increase in the risk of breast cancer among women, who are mostly working in night shifts
- Women living in neighbourhoods with large amounts of night lighting are more prone to breast cancer than those living in dark night areas, according to Israel's study
- From the participants in the health study of nurses, I found that nurses who work nights had 36% higher breast cancer rates
- Blind woman, whose eyes cannot detect light so she has a powerful production of melatonin, and below average breast cancer rates
- When the body is considered from the epidemiological studies in its entirety, the woman working the night shift shows that the rates breast cancer is 60 percent above normal, even when other factors such as variations in diet are calculated for