Circadian rhythms influence your metabolism.
circadian rhythm affects a number of processes in the body such as growth of cancer cells, stress, and metabolism. After performing the first ever study of the circadian rhythm and fat cells, it appears they have their own clocks and use them throughout the day.
The analysis revealed that many of the genes perform key metabolic functions at different times of the day and about a third of them peaked in the morning and two-thirds of them in the evening. "Those that sprung into action in the morning were associated with nucleic acid biology, a key mechanism for cell function, while those on the late shift were linked to redox activity and organic acid metabolism." (Lavars, 2019)
This pinpoints the long theorized idea that a disrupted body clock can be a factor in obesity and negative health outcomes.
"This is the first time that we have been able to identify such rhythms in human fat," says Dr Jonathan Johnston, lead author on the study. "This provides us with more information about how human metabolism changes across the day and possibly why the body processes foods differently during day and night." (Lavars, 2019)
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Melatonin is primarily produced in the pineal gland. It not only acts as a regulator of the circadian rhythm but also is a neuroprotective antioxidant. Decreased melatonin production and disrupted rhythms occur with age and factors such as electromagnetic pollution also may influence melatonin production and the circadian system. Decreased levels and altered system have also been seen in depressed individuals. Because melatonin is synthesized from serotonin, lower levels of serotonin, and its precursor tryptophan can contribute to lower melatonin levels. It has been shown to protect against central nervous system oxidative damage, reducing lipid peroxidation and oxidative damage.
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Lavars, N. (2019, February 26). Circadian rhythm study shows how fat cells dance to the beat of their own drum. Retrieved from https://newatlas.com/circadian-rhythm-study-fat-cells/58640/