Melanin

Definition of Melanin:

A dark pigment produced in the skin.  Dark-skinned individuals produce more melanin, and melanin production increases in response to sunlight, causing the skin to become darker.

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Addison's Disease

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“...The bronze color of the skin is due to the increased production of the skin pigment, melanin...”

Freckles

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“Clusters of dark spots on the skin (concentrated melanin) usually found on people with light skin...”
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Hemochromatosis (Iron overload)

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“...Deposition of iron within the skin causes inflammation and enhances melanin production by melanocytes...”

L-Tyrosine

...as a treatment
“A "non-essential" amino acid which acts as a mood elevator and appetite suppressant, and produces melanin in the body so it enhances natural hair color; also used as an anti-depressant and anxiety reliever...”

Manganese

...as a treatment
“...Manganese is ... Required to produce melanin and to synthesize fatty acids...”

Melanoma

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“A life-threatening type of skin cancer that occurs in the cells (melanocytes) that produce melanin, the pigment found in skin, hair, and the iris of the eyes...”
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Premature Hair Graying

...the condition
“...Gray hair is caused by the gradual reduction of melanin production over time within the affected hair follicle...”
...relationship to Premature/Signs of Aging
“Hair graying results when melanocytes stop producing melanin, the same pigment that darkens our skin to protect us from UV radiation...”

Vitamin D Requirement

...recommendation Sunlight Exposure
“...Darker-skinned persons need five to 10 times longer depending on the amount of melanin pigment in the skin...”

Vitiligo

...recommendation Test Copper Levels
Melanin, the normal body pigment, is synthesized from the essential amino acid L-phenylalanine by an enzyme system dependent on copper, vitamin B6, vitamin C...”
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