Paul Mason: Melatonin as an antioxidant & Fatty tongue causes sleep apnea!
Melatonin: a potent antioxidant…
the cranial circulation in the brain associated
with circadian rhythms
Studies, blinded, control groups:
melatonin 5-10mg, 2/day:
reversed fatty liver disease
Do you prescribe melatonin? Yes
The best approach is to reduce oxidative stress:
Need to stop fluctuating sugar levels by cutting:
-liquid fats & oils (always oxidized)
If cut these out, don’t need melatonin
For patients who cannot cut out carbs & liquid fats:
“Let’s do risk mitigation, melatonin (like carnosine),
is a great supplement to take”
Isn’t it a sleep promoter?
Yes, but in most patients, morning melatonin is fine .
Very rarely, patient has problem…
but that is usually caused by
their sleep apnea
Sleep apnea: associated with visceral fat!
Used to think it was caused by fatty neck around
it is actually the tongue!
the tongue gets fat
Sleep apnea: tongue gets fat!
MRI studies: fat in tongue before & after weight loss:
you can see the airway space clears up with weight loss
When people fall asleep, the muscles around
the airways relax…
if tongue is fatty, it occludes (blocks) the airway
but people are not always conscious
of their waking
-brain arousal sympathetic trigger:
“we better open up the airway”
-a partial awakening
(can happen many times an hour)
-never getting deep sleep!
Huge impacts on hormones: leptin & ghrelin
essential for energy homeostasis
Cycle (difficult to break):
1. get overweight
2. hormone effects
3. cause more weight gain
This study showed that it is the tongue
that causes sleep apnea and this vicious cycle!
Paper conclusion: burn the tongue to shrink it!
Instead of losing weight to reduce
tongue fat & cut the vicious cycle
Original Youtube link: https://youtu.be/3osWpvHVO-Y