Increasing age, sleep deprivation, changes in sleep patterns, some blood pressure and pain medications and low levels of zinc, magnesium and folate all can reduce the amount of melatonin produced by the pineal gland
There is vast inter-individual variability in the quantity of melatonin produced depending on pineal gland
Women are at more risk of SAD, possibly because their pineal gland
is more sensitive to changes in daylight hours.
The pineal gland
is likely to participate in the innate immune response because it expresses mRNA encoding transcripts for all ten members of the toll-like receptor (TLR) family.
Some Eastern religions, psychics and metaphysicians consider the pineal gland
the seat of higher consciousness and clairvoyance.
Consequently, the pineal gland
is thought to play a significant role in seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
CONATUS A Centre of a pine cone B The pineal gland
C An impulse who am I?
Melatonin is a hormone naturally produced by the pineal gland
in the brain.
That is because these are high in vitamin B6, which helps the pineal gland
produce melatonin, essential for a good sleep.
However, through the practice of yoga, particularly eye focus exercises known as drishti -- such as focusing on the point between the eyebrows, chin or crown of the head -- you can stimulate the pituitary and the pineal gland
to the point of being able to discern the consequence of your actions or words before they happen.
Aaron Lerner, isolated and identified a substance from the bovine pineal gland
which he named melatonin.
The youngster - diagnosed with a cyst on her pineal gland
, known as the 'third eye' - had around 16 inches lopped off her thick, dark brown hair.
Sunlight exposure signals the pineal gland
to produce the chemical melatonin.
This retino-hypothalamic pathway then leads to the pineal gland
that, among other functions, secretes melatonin.
When you cross time zones, the pineal gland
- which controls your body's temperature and internal clock - is disrupted by the change in light, playing havoc with your natural rhythms.