20 Aug Do you have Darkness Deficiency?
Post by Dr. Holly Hagglund, ND:
Melatonin has been gaining a lot of popularity in recent years with increased research studying its effects on cancer, fertility, Alzheimer’s Disease, COVID-19, and many other conditions.
While lack of vitamin D is sometimes referred to as a “sunlight deficiency,” low melatonin production is now being called by some a “darkness deficiency”. Darkness deficiency can be assocated with excess exposure to artificial blue light.
Supplementing with melatonin can be very helpful; and not just for sleep! Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant, balances immune health, and even improves digestion. Not all supplements are created equal as we well know, and that includes melatonin. Sometimes taking the wrong form or too much can lead to unwanted side effects such as headache, vivid dreams, and even grogginess the next morning. Below is a link to a review of the recent data on melatonin. Talk with a knowledgeable healthcare provider before supplementing.