Effects of melatonin: Can we delay our aging process?

France - a team of the Arago laboratory depend on CNRS found that melatonin, known as the hormone of sleep, would also have the virtue of slowing the aging process.

Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the body at night. It acts as a signal to the end of the day, and allows the body to synchronize their biological rhythms.

Dr. Magnanou and his team studied the effects of this hormone on a small insectivorous nocturnal rodent (the shrew musette) in the long term. This animal usually shows signs of aging from the age of twelve months since its nightlife makes it lose the usual daily rate/rhythm..

The researchers administered melatonin continuously shortly before the 12 months of the animal and found that the appearance of signs of aging was delayed by at least 3 months. Given that a shrew musette lives between 12 and 18 months in the wild and up to 30 months in captivity, a gain of 3 months of life expectancy was seen in this animal.

Melatonin is known for its antioxidant properties, antidepressant, and sleep. Researchers now want to understand the process of the hormone on Aging before, perhaps, to consider applications in humans.

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