Melanin vs Melatonin

melanin and melatonin

Every day, the sun’s rays reach out across 150 million km of space, showering the earth with thousands of times more energy than we could possibly use.  That is on the bright side.  On the downside, too much exposure to the sun is hazardous to the human body. You’re worried about skin cancer caused by solar UV radiation. Don’t be.

  Melanin Melatonin
Denote Pigment produced by tyrosine Neurotransmitter produced by tryptophan
Functions Involving hearing, photo-protection and provide skin color Modulation of the synthesis of melanin, maintain biological rhythms in the body and sleep wake cycle
Synthesized Synthesized in melanosomes, which are found in melanocytes Synthesized in the cells of the gastrointestinal tract, retina and pineal gland
Where can be found Eye, skin, hair, ear, and central nervous system Muscles, blood, intestines, brain and liver

Melanin the pigment in human skin which determines skin color takes care of that.  Melanin also protects your DNA cells from radiation damage.  But that is not all.  Melanin plays a major role in the nervous system.  Melanin and Melatonin have chemical relationships with different characteristic features. The main functions of these two chemical substances in the body vary.

Melatonin maintains human body sleep wake cycles, biological swings and regulates melanin production in the body.  Do you ever wonder how refreshed your body is the next morning having gone to bed dog tired?  Now you know Melatonin is responsible for keeping your body in check and balance. While you’re dead asleep, Melatonin goes to work to repair and replace tired body tissues damaged by stress and disease. Next morning you’re as good as new. Melatonin also takes care of the growth of bacteria in your body. Melatonin is found in the brain, liver, intestines, blood, and muscles.

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