Pineal Gland

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Pineal Gland: this is the gland located in the brain that makes melatonin. Disease can cause this gland to function poorly, but, in healthy people, an actual lack of melatonin in the bloodstream is more likely due to ignorance about light hygiene. This gland gets its commands from the master clock in the brain.

Taking melatonin supplements can cause this gland to reduce its melatonin output. Furthermore, improper overdosing of melatonin supplements can desensitize the body and thereby reduce the desired response to melatonin. Over the counter melatonin may release enough melatonin into the bloodstream to cause a person to fall to sleep, but shortly later the person awakes as the drug release does not match how the pineal gland would meter melatonin into the bloodstream. A good analogy to the misuse of melatonin is the use of steroids for muscle building, which also later results in unintended consequences.

If a person does not suffer from retinal, nerve or brain damage and also has a functioning pineal gland, the best way to maintain the right amount of melatonin in the bloodstream is to practice correct light hygiene and allow the pineal gland to function correctly.

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