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Melatonin Cuts Fat and Increases Lean Mass

Brian Turner

Posted on February 28 2017

Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain that promotes sleep and daily biological rhythms. Danish researchers from Aarhus University, led by Anne Amstrup, found that women consuming three to five grams of melatonin daily for one year decreased body fat by nearly seven percent and increased lean mass by 5.2 percent, compared to a placebo treatment (fake melatonin). There were no differences in weight, body mass index or blood sugar regulation between the experimental and control groups. (Clinical Endocrinology, published online September 9, 2015)