Summer is a fantastic time to step into the great outdoors -- and that's generally a wonderful thing.
But if you're walking around in flimsy flip-flops... stepping out of the pool... or hiking on an unfamiliar trail... there are plenty of hazards that can trip you up.
And if you’re a little on the older side, your bones simply aren't as strong as they used to be – which means that taking a fall could mean breaking a bone.
That's especially true if you've got osteoporosis, the bone-thinning disease that leaves your skeleton as fragile as a china set.
But according to a new study, there's something natural that can strengthen your bones -- and it's not one of the "usual suspects."
I'm talking about melatonin!
As I've shared with you before, this "sleep hormone" can help you get more rest at night... and now it's clear that it can also help you "rest easier" about walking out your front door.
In the new study, when Chinese researchers measured the bone mineral density (BMD) and bone mineral level -- which are both measures of bone strength -- of a group of rats, they found the most increases in BMD and bone minerals when they’d given the critters a combination of calcium and melatonin supplements.
Now, it comes as no shock that calcium can help fortify your bones -- because your body needs this essential mineral to make bone tissue. And the group of rats that received just calcium had better outcomes than the control group that received no supplements.
But what about melatonin? Well, for starters, it seems as though there’s some mechanism that makes calcium work better when combined with the “sleep hormone.”
Yet increases in BMD and bone mineral levels were ALSO found in the groups that received melatonin alone!
I’d say that’s because the mainstream has underestimated what a powerful antioxidant melatonin can be -- one that can protect healthy bone tissue from free-radical attacks .
And the benefits of melatonin don't stop there. It’s also been found to fight cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, stroke, and even eczema !
You can boost your body's supply by eating melatonin-rich foods like pineapples, bananas, oranges, sweet corn, and tomatoes -- and by drinking tart cherry juice.
But to be on the safe side, take a melatonin supplement at bedtime. They're available at most drug stores for just pennies a day.