A compound that can be found in several common foods has been shown by University of Granada researchers to help control weight without calorie reduction as well as lower levels of fat in the blood, like triglycerides and harmful LDL cholesterol.
In a study of mice, melatonin appeared to promote a reversal of the effects of obesity and diabetes. Additionally, it appeared that the hormone promoted heart health and metabolism function in young rodents who had not experienced heart disease.
Foods that contain melatonin include almonds, sunflower seeds, cherries, fennel, Goji berries, mustard seed, coriander and cardamom. However, study authors noted that the compound is only found in these foods in small quantities, so individuals may want to consider nutritional supplements that contain the compound.
The National Institutes of Health reports that melatonin is often used by individuals to regulate sleep cycles, especially for those with insomnia and children with autism or developmental disorders. A pediatrician should be consulted before administering melatonin to a child.
Additionally, many cancer patients take melatonin supplements to help ease side effects of chemotherapy.