Did you know that the pineal gland is a small endocrine organ located in the center of the head? It has been called “the third eye” since ancient times due to its association with dreams & ‘visions.’ Pineal gland also controls the body’s biological clock (Circadian Rythm) to give it the sense of the day and night cycle.
Some people think that the pineal gland plays an important role in human consciousness, however, it still remains to be proved.
In this blog post, we will discuss five awesome facts about the pineal gland that might surprise you!
- Pineal Gland is Named After Its Shape
The shape of the pineal gland led to its name. The word “pineal” is derived from the Latin term Pinea, meaning “the cone-shaped structure.” It is one of the most important structures of our endocrine system. However, the pineal gland is just a third of an inch long and sits deep near the center of the brain.
- Pineal Gland is Considered As the ‘Third Eye’
The pineal gland is said to be a part of the sympathetic nervous system. The Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians considered it as the “third eye”. But in 1872, Franz Joseph Gall proposed that this small structure was actually responsible for all our psychic activities.
One major reason for this association of the gland with ‘mysterious’ can be its relation to maintaining our biological day and night cycle – i.e. when our body triggers sleep, hunger, etc.
- It Produces ‘Melatonin’ – A Key Hormone
The pineal gland is the part of the brain in charge of regulating sleep-wake cycles. In order to pass on instructions from the retina, it must first process signals from serotonin into melatonin. The major function of this gland is to help the body distinguish between light and darkness.
The more light your brain detects, the less melatonin it produces, and vice versa. Melatonin levels are highest at night to help us sleep.
However, our pineal gland is always at risk from Fluoride, which is majorly found in toothpaste. Fluoride is known to calcify the pineal gland which can become an underlying cause for insomnia and poor critical reasoning. You can read more about it in this article.
- Pineal Gland is Related to Your Reproductive Health
It turns out that melatonin, the hormone produced by the pineal gland, affects reproductive health in both men and women.
Melatonin inhibits the release of pituitary reproductive hormones, known as gonadotropins, from the pituitary gland, affecting male and female reproductive organs. In this way, melatonin—and therefore the pineal gland—regulates reproductive development.
- Meditation Strengthens the Pineal Gland
For some people, meditation is a way of relaxing the mind and releasing stress. It can also be used to strengthen pineal gland function. For instance, ancient Yogic practitioners and monks from the east have advocated that meditation can help a person ‘strengthen’ or ‘activate’ the pineal gland. It fundamentally helps you to master your own routine, and boosts your willpower by helping you dominate the ‘circadian rhythm.’
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