A group of Spanish scientists have discovered that the additional consumption of melatonin helps regulate weight gain because it stimulates the appearance of “brown fat”, which is a type of fat that burns calories instead of storing them. This fat is present naturally in our bodies, but we can also generate production by consuming foods such as mustard, walnuts, almonds or cherries.
The research was conducted at the University of Granada (Spain), and has been fixed for the first time the unknown metabolic benefit attributed to this inherent substance to our body. Melatonin is a natural hormone in our body that is secreted in the body and reaches its peak production during the night, when the body senses a lack of light, is secreted in the pineal gland. It is even found in milk secreting mammals (including us) in night hours, to help breeding (or baby) sleep better.
Plays a key role for our health. Regulates sleep.
Through the experiment in which research, which worked with obese diabetic rats, scientists found that daily consumption of melatonin induces the appearance of “brown fat”, which as mentioned before, does not store calories focused and helps regulate body weight. The levels of this brown fat, not only were increased in these obese rats, without in lean animals also occurred this process.
Melatonin is found in small amounts in foods such as mustard, Goji berries, almonds, sunflower seeds, cardamom, fennel, coriander and cherries.
Sleep in the dark and consume all these foods may help control weight and prevent cardiovascular diseases associated with obesity and diabetes.