25. Melatonin and aging

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Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland, which Descartes described as the seat of the soul. Melatonin levels fall gradually over the life-span. Melatonin is a free radical scavenger. Supplementation of the diet of paramecia with melatonin increases both mean and maximal clonal life-spans. Melatonin is related to suppressed immunocompetence. The precise role of melatonin in the aging process remains to be determined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-333
Number of pages11
JournalFacts, Research and Intervention in Geriatrics
Issue numberPART 1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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