Today you will probably have firsthand experience with the after-dinner fatigue that sets in after a Thanksgiving feast. Why do you want a nap? To escape the dishes? Perhaps, but the meal itself plays a big part in the way you feel.
L-Tryptophan and the Turkey is often cited as the culprit in after dinner lethargy, but the truth is that you could omit the bird altogether and still feel the effects of the feast. Turkey does contain L-tryptophan, an essential amino acid with a documented sleep inducing effect. L-tryptophan is used in the body to produce the B-vitamin, niacin. Tryptophan also can be metabolized into serotonin and melatonin, neurotransmitters that exert a calming effect and regulates sleep. However, L-tryptophan needs to be taken on an empty stomach and without any other amino acids or protein in order to make you drowsy. There’s lots of protein in a serving of turkey and it’s probably not the only food on the table.
*The tiniest gland in the body is found in the center of the brain. The pineal (pinecone shaped) gland is roughly a quarter inch long and weighs about a tenth of a gram. This tiny gland is responsible for the release of melatonin.
*Known as the “hormone of darkness” because it is released at night and is associated with the body’s circadian rhythms
*In research done at Vanderbilt University, it was found that melatonin is well tolerated and safe
*Considerable evidence suggests that melatonin is effective against skin aging.
*Low levels of melatonin in the body are associated with impaired immune function and cancer
*Easily penetrates membranes and therefore is able to protect important intracellular structures including mitochondria and DNA from oxidative damage directly at the sites where such damage occurs
*Not only acts as a potent antioxidant itself, but it is also capable of activating an entire endogenous enzymatic protective system against oxidative stress
*Taken orally, melatonin is not effective in the treatment of skin due to the first-pass degradation in the liver, which limits skin access
*Readily penetrates the stratum corneum and circumvents this problem
*Endogenous melatonin, along with topically applied exogenous melatonin, provide the most potent defense system against multiple pathologic conditions including oxidative damage, skin inflammation, and atopic dermatitis
Happy Thanksgiving! The entire Pinnaclife team would like to take a moment to thank you all for your continued business and support! We wish you safe travels and a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with family, friends, and loved ones!