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How Melatonin can support your immune system

The omnipresent Coronavirus has led many of us to look for ways to boost our immunity. In the seventh of this series, with Maria’s expertise as an Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) practitioner we look at how can you support your immune system in light of the Coronavirus:

“Continuing this series, I look at Melatonin and your immune system.

Melatonin is primarily a hormone that regulates our sleep–wake cycle. In addition to helping to aid a better nights sleep, recently melatonin has been shown to provide therapeutic effects in the treatment of viruses – mostly due to its ability to reduce inflammation, which, plays a key role in viral infections. You can increase your intake of melatonin by consuming melatonin-rich foods (ideally close to bedtime) such as oats, tart (less natural sugars) cherries & tart cherry juice, banana, and walnuts.

Not only will you be helping to get a better night sleep and regulate your sleep-wake cycle but you can also be supporting your body to fight a respiratory virus. The time you go to bed is important so get to bed early! And try to avoid binge watching Netflix all the time… just sometimes!”

https://doi.org/10.1038/s41421-020-0153-3
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lfs.2020.117583

Stay Alert & Stay Safe – Maria King, Junius Co-Founder, MSc Personalised -Nutrition . Maria is certified from the Institute for Functional Medicine . She is a BANT registered Nutrigenetic Counsellor.