The Pineal gland secretes melatonin (through the conversion of serotonin) which activates the pituitary gland to release MSH (melanocyte stimulating hormone). It is in the melanocytes that melanin is produced.
The Pineal gland is the first gland developed in your body, and appears in homo-sapiens a mere 3 weeks after conception. There are 5 things that the Pineal gland is responsible for:
- Inner Eye – Sensing light and darkness
- Biological Clock – Tell our bodies when to do its functions
- Pacemaker – Sets the pace or rhythm for the body
- Compass – Helps us orient ourselves
- Production and Secretion of 2 biologically key hormones:
The Pineal gland is influenced by several things that allow it to function properly:
- Light, more specifically natural sunlight
- Food, particularly green raw vegetable (because of chlorophyll, which is plant melanin)
- Sleep, this is particularly important for the production of Melatonin. Science has shown a direct correlation between night and the secretion of the hormone Melatonin, it reaches it’s max at midnight.
The pineal calcification rates with Africans is 5-15%; Asians 15-25%; Europeans 60-80%!
Calcification of the pineal gland is shown to be closely related to defective sense of direction. In a tricentre prospective study of 750 patients lateral skull radiographs showed that 394 had calcified pineal glands. Sense of direction was assessed by subjective questioning and objective testing and the results noted on a scale of 0-10 (where 10 equals perfect sense of direction).
The average score for the 394 patients with pineal gland calcification was 3.7 (range 0-8), whereas the 356 patients without pineal gland calcification had an average score of 7.6 (range 2-10). This difference was highly significant. Also, the effects of disturbed sleep and memory are well documented.
Melanin gives Black people advanced mental and physical ability.
Melanin refines the nervous system in such a way that messages from the brain reach other areas of the body more rapidly in Black people than in others. The chart below shows the stark contrast.
Melanin protects against a parasite of the central nervous system, optic neuritis, parkinsons, PKU, spinal bifida, etc. all found in higher frequencies in people of euro descent. Melanin is also found in several types of cells not related to skin, cells in the brain and muscles. Melanin in the brain and body does more than just “make it darker”. Melanin on the inside as well as outside protects against DNA degradation, it enhances, speeds up the transmission of messages to the brain and body, which is as to why people of color have a tendency to have a higher and quicker level of motor skills and response also protects reproduction system melanin provides an important role outside of uv protection and vitamin synthesis.
Melanin is able to dissipate 99.9% of all UV radiation that is absorbed from the sun. The more melanin the body produces, the less sunburn will take place.
Foods containing tryptophan and ways to increase serotonin levels can be found on this link.
The higher the level of serotonin present in the body, the more melatonin that can be produced. The more melatonin present in the body, the more melanin that can be produced.
Tyrosine is only generated from one essential amino acid - phenylalanine. Individuals who have a genetic impairment in the ability to convert phenylalanine to tyrosine (called phenylalanine hydroxylase deficiency - phenylketonuria) may then require tyrosine as an essential amino acid, based upon their unique biochemistry. For instance, infants who suffer from phenylketonuria can be maintained either by withholding phenylalanine from their diets or by supplementing them with tyrosine.
It has been suggested that part of the mental retardation that occurs with phenylketonuria may be a consequence of tyrosine deficiency as much as phenylalanine excess. This represents an example of where tyrosine becomes an essential amino acid due to a genetic uniqueness in metabolism.
Tyrosine is also the immediate precursor to the thyroid hormone thyroxin and melanin, which is the pigment in the skin that allows for tanning. Deficiencies of phenylalanine or tyrosine may result in interruption of the synthesis of melanin or thyroxin. Adverse side effects of tyrosine supplementation can be aggravation of depression or the production of sleep disturbances. Therapeutic doses of tyrosine may have an impact on thyroid hormone production and basal metabolism.
10 Benefits of Tyrosine
1. Increased Metabolism. One of the biggest l-tyrosine benefits is that this amino acid increases the metabolic rate of the body. A higher metabolism means an easier time achieving a normal weight and maintaining it.
2. Depression Treatment. The right l-tyrosine dosage can be used in the treatment of depression. This amino acid is needed to produce some neurotransmitters which affect the mood, and a deficiency can cause depression in individuals.
3. Improved Mental Clarity. An increase in concentration is another benefit from this nutrient. Mental alertness is increased and it is easier to concentrate and focus mentally.
4. Appetite suppression is another one of the top l-tyrosine benefits. Having an adequate amount of this amino acid can help with weight loss and makes it easier to maintain a steady weight.
5. Improved Endurance. Just like many of the nutrients included in the essential amino acids list, l-tyrosine can improve endurance and help the body go longer before physical fatigue sets in. This is why many athletes and sports professionals supplement this amino acid.
6. More Energy. An increase in the amount of energy available to the body is another benefit of this amino acid.
7. Improved Thyroid Function. One of the biggest l-tyrosine benefits is that this amino acid will help with thyroid function. Anyone with a low thyroid function can benefit from supplementation of this amino acid whether this is done with food or supplement products.
8. Decreased PMS Symptoms. Many women showcased a great decrease in many PMS symptoms like headaches, fatigue and bloating. However, do not use this supplement if you have previously experienced l-tyrosine side effects.
9. Increase in Male Libido. An increased male sex drive is another of the top l-tyrosine benefits. This amino acid can boost the sex drive of men, especially as they get older.
10. Emotional Health. A tyrosine supplement is not usually necessary, but this amino acid can help improve the emotional well being of individuals when present in optimal amounts.
Raw unpasteurized Almonds
Raw sesame seeds (tahini)
Pumpkin leaves (seeds)
Melatonin has several proven functions. It boosts memory, intensifies REM or dream sleep, organizes our system biologically, mentally, and spiritually, slows aging, strengthens immune system, puts us in a pleasant mood, and resets out biological clock – which helps us adapt to new environments/time-zones.
Melatonin creates Melanin. Melanin is a chemical substance that gets secreted into the blood. It is primarily responsible for the pigmentation of our skin (skin color), but also serves in other capacities.
The function of Melanin is to serve as a natural sunscreen. It protects Humans from harmful UV Rays from the Sun, protects against skin cancer, protects against Parkinsons disease, and protects from radiation. Melanin shields the cell’s nuclei, thus prevents DNA damage due to radiation. In addition, it is also involved in hearing.
Via a process called 'ultrafast internal conversion,' melanin compounds absorb and convert harmful UV radiation into harmless heat. It has been estimated that 99.9% of the absorbed UV rays are dissipated as heat by this process. The more time spent in the sunshine without sunscreen, the more melanin that will be produced in the body.
Scientific research has also shown that melanin has several life sustaining benefits: it is believed to counteract stress, minimize jet lag, regulate biological rhythms, and may even protect against cancer & heart disease. Melanin is not produced on accident or by chance, the production of melanin requires certain nutrients – particularly amino acids.
A nutrient deficiency will cause the melanin to be recessive or virtually inactive, manifesting in very light, or pale, skin pigmentation, as well as light hair and light-colored eyes. If the proper nutrients are in place the melanin will manifest in black/dark brown skin, dark hair, and dark eyes. Therefore, depigmentation is a direct correlation to the genetic inability to produce a sufficient amount melanin.
Scientifically there are 6 classifications of melanin:
Type 1/2/3: referred to as having pheo-melanin1 are those that are “caucasian;” Euros that are often Irish, Welsh, and Scottish
Type 4: are lightly tanned; Japanese, Chinese, Italians, Greeks, Spanish, and some Indians fall into this type
Type 5: range from brown skinned to very dark (black) skin; Mexicans, Malaysians, Puerto Ricans, and many South American inhabitants
Type 6: true or eumelanin is found in this type; egyptians, ethiopians, nigerians, african americans, and Australian aborigines all make up this type
Comprehending this typography is important to understand one essential characteristic of melanin. Melanin in it’s purest form is “jet” black. It is the deepest black because of it’s ability to absorb and store energy – both light energy and sound energy. The reason melanin in it’s purest form shows up black is because the chemical structure will not allow any type of energy to escape. The more energy that is absorbed the darker the melanin, and therefore the darker the pigmentation.
Types 5 & 6 are able to absorb the most energy. Types 1-3 are melanin recessive, and therefore instead of absorbing energy they reflect it. This is particularly evident with light energy, because when light energy is reflected it shows up white.
The difference between pheo-melanin1 and eumelanin can be distinguished scientifically by the amount of sulfur present in the melanin. Eumelanin was found to have 0-1% sulfuric presence, and pheo-melanin1 was found to have 9-12% sulfuric concentration. So, while whites do have a Pineal gland, their gland is calcified and therefore does not produce melatonin in abundance.
It is believed that melanin responds to and absorbs light energy, sound energy (specifically through music), and electrical energy and uses the absorbed energy to disperse to parts of the body like a nutrient. Creating a symbiotic relationship, melanin is essentially involved in the mental and physical aspects of every part of the body in a melanin dominated (Type 5 & 6) person.
Melanin is also known to be necessary for proper receptivity to energy in the external environment. Everything in nature emits some kind of energy. Melanin keeps Types 5 & 6 tuned with the great ability to be aware and intuitive regarding their surrounding environment (remember when old people would know rain was coming before the weather person? They said they could feel it.).
Again, it is very important that we, eumelanated people, keep our Pineal gland activated – so that it can act in the manner it was designed producing Melatonin & Melanin. Again, how do we activate our Pineal gland?
- Sunlight – It is very important for eumelanated people to spend time in natural light.
- Chlorophyll – In the form of green vegetables, raw is best
- Sleep – Before midnight, as we see a significant spike in melanin at that time
- Water – Another purifier for the body it helps release toxins
- (Good) Music & other strong vibratory frequencies – this is particularly important for the Pineal gland.
Any obstructions of this current flow by foreign toxic matter, such as toxins from years of waste in the colon and recirculation to the brain, affect the neuromelanin and may contribute to Alzheimer's pathology, as seen in hippocampus brain tissue, or the rigidity and tremors due to lack of neurons and their neuromelanin in the mid-brains of Parkinson's patients.
Melanin is a pigment with semiconductor properties that is present within the cells of all living things. Since these pigments are present from the beginning of conception, these bioactive pigments play a major role in the cellular/molecular and embryological organization of all living things. Neuromelanin is present in neural tissue and appears to function in the transduction and flow of electrical current from one part of the brain to another through a complex circuitry.
A connection between chlorophyll and melanin... plants have chlorophyll and chlorophyll plus sunlight equals food for the plant; chlorophyll gives the plant its color... melanin gives people their color... melanin plus sunlight equals food for humans.
“A melanated human body is synonymous with chlorophyll in plants. The chlorophyll functions as a converter of solar energy. Similarly, melanin is a converter of physical energy. We know that such pigments are essential to maintain the vitality of the plant. Thus, no flora withoutpigment exists on this planet. White leaves do not exist. The pigment chlorophyll is necessary for all vegetation. Similarly, melanin is important for proper human physiology.” The Science of Melanin-Dr. T. Owens Moore
Yes, the same melanin that gives life to the plants that grow in the soil is a life giver to humans as well. On the molecular level the electrons in melanin molecules orbit and rearrange themselves. They undergo what is called resonance. This rearrangement of electrons causes certain energy shifts in the body. This energy is then used in metabolism and cellular organization. Melanin depends on nitrilosides to keep itself clean. “When we eat synthetic foods, or cooked foods, we don’t get enough B vitamins and a lot of toxins are not removed and end up in the brain,” states Dr. Jewel Pookrum.
Chlorophyll can be found in large quantities in foods like chlorella, spirulina,wheatgrass, spinach and kale as well as dark leafy greens and many other fruits and vegetables.
When melanin becomes toxic, it adversely affects the biochemistry, and the individual with toxic melanin becomes susceptible to a host of diseases. How does melanin become toxic? When we eat certain foods that are not compatible with our physiology, melanin is blocked from making the energy exchanges that are needed and this has resulted in dysfunction and disease. Dr. Laila Afrika states in his book, African Holistic Health:
“Blacks have specific nutritional and dietary needs. These nutritional needs arise because we have specific bodily differences as compared to other races and cultures. For example, over 70% of Black people (worldwide) cannot digest cattle milk. In addition, the intestinal florae (bacteria, virus, fungus and yeast) that naturally live in Black people’s intestines are unique to Blacks.
Subsequently, Blacks assimilate food in the intestines differently. Also, despite centuries of living in countries outside of Africa , their intestinal florae are the same as it was in their ancestor’s stomachs 2,000 years ago in Africa . Melanin (black color pigment) is obviously most abundant in Blacks. This melanin aids in protecting Blacks from the ultraviolet rays of the sun.
It also increases the speed of nerve and brain messages which are transmitted between the left and right hemispheres of the brain and all nerve signals transmitted throughout the bodily nerve network…Black people’s blood crystallizes differently from Caucasian’s blood. These are some of the many reasons why Blacks have unique nutritional, medical, and dietary needs.”
After African people were transported into the cities of America and Europe during slavery, their eating habits were changed drastically and suddenly. The result has been chronic and metabolic diseases of all kinds.
A brief look at the African-American diet tells the story. The food shelves of Black Americans are now lined with high carbohydrate foods that have been processed, refined, synthesized, artificially flavored, and loaded with chemical preservatives. To compound this problem, most of the vitamins, trace elements, and enzymes are completely removed through the manufacturing process, mostly so as to render the food more durable.
We are told by the food processors that the vitamins and minerals are put back into the food before sending it to the market. And so we see the word “enriched” on our bread, milk, and other foods. But make no mistake about it; nothing is left but raw starch which has little nutritive value. These starch synthetic chemicals are injected, which form only part of the missing vitamins, and are not properly ingestible by human beings because they are not “in balance”.
Most African-Americans assume that it makes little difference what they put into their stomachs as long as they are full. And one of the leading culprits in the way of poisonous foods eaten by Black Americans is soul food – Ham, potato salad, French fries, pork chops, chitterlings, collards, pig feet, cornbread, black-eyed peas, and hog maws. All of these foods are cooked in or laced with pork fat, lard, milk, eggs, butter, salt, spices, and lots of refined sugar. These foods are not compatible with our bio-chemical makeup, and are responsible for the many diseases that we suffer from today.
Let us pause, then, and reflect on the significance of this knowledge. Is it possible that hypertension, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, rheumatic diseases, much of our gastrointestinal disorders, sickle cell anemia, and skin disorders all are related directly or indirectly to a deficiency in our diet? Let us return to the main topic – African Bio-chemistry, and to the realm of those questions for which we do have answers. It is no longer a speculation, but a fact supported by a mountain of evidence that “nitriloside” (beta-cyanogenetic glucosides)-rich plants and foods are a vital part of an amazing bio-chemical process in the African body type.
The compound nitriloside occurs abundantly in nature in over twelve hundred edible plants and found virtually on every continent in the world. It is mainly found in the seeds of those fruits in the “Prunus Africanus” and “Prunus Rosacea” species of plants. It can also be found in grasses, sorghum, millet, cassava, and many other foods that generally have been removed from the foods of Western civilization.
Like sugar, nitrilosides can be classified as a food component or a food factor. It is non-toxic, water-soluble, and completely normal to and compatible with human metabolism. Since it was an essential food compound in the diet of our African ancestors, it is referred to by some as the “African Nutritional Factor”.
African physiology evolved over millions of years to be in the best possible harmony with the diet our ancestors were eating. If we were to eat now approximately what we ate then, our bodies will automatically tend to resume the harmony of their natural state. In other words, our immune systems would perform at its highest function if we give it those food nutrients, in the form that it craves.
The African diet was primarily vegetarian. That is, the African diet was almost exclusively from the plant kingdom. Very little animal or dairy products were eaten. However, today, the foods that once provided African-Americans with ample amounts of natural nitriloside compounds were replaced altogether by foods almost devoid of this factor. Significantly, it is during this time span that the cancer rate has moved steadily upward to the point where, today, it is one of the number one causes of death of Africans in America.