Melatonin

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Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland.

Melatonin is involved with sleep cycle regulation and also the functioning of the immune system. Along with its primary function as synchronizer of the biological clock, melatonin exerts powerful antioxidant activity.

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Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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