WHAT IS MELANIN?
‘The Objective fact is that black people are a race that has the highest level of biochemical pigment called melanin.’ (Melanin: what makes black people black, by Llaila Afrika)
‘Melanin is the natural chemical that makes black people’s skin black. It is present in black people’s bodies, skin, cells, nerves, brain, muscles, bones, reproductive system and digestive systems and all bodily functions…’
‘The colour of melanin appears black because it is absorbing all colours. Once the colour enters the melanin it cannot escape. Melanin is concentrated in colours, it is a cellular Black Hole similar to the Black Holes in outer space. The human eye only sees colours that are reflected away from an object. If an object appears black in colour, that means that the object is absorbing all colours except black. Black is reflected away from the object consequently, you see black.’
Source: Melanin – What makes Black People Black, by Llaila Afrika
Our thoughts: Melanin is like a battery. It charges when exposed to sunlight which is why we have higher energy levels in the summer (if you can even call summer in the UK, summer), and why we have lower energy levels during Winter. But, there is more to melanin than just protecting us against UV rays and therefore reducing the risk of skin cancer, which is the only thing most black people tend to know about the role of melanin. Read on to find out more.
The Pineal Gland and Melanin: what do they do and how are they effected by our lifestyles?
‘The Pineal Gland secretes Melatonin which regulates all bodily functions and glands (cycles, circadian rhythms) in the body. Melanin is made by cells called Melanocytes. Inside the Melanocytes are smaller organs (organelle) called Melanosome which make melanin. ‘
‘The Pineal Gland helps to regulate the hypothalamus glands release factors that stimulate the Pituitary to secrete the Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and aides the Luteinizing Hormone (LH). FSH stimulates the ovaries and the movement of sperm and LH stimulates egg and sperm production.’
‘Consequently, a black person with an under-stimulated Pineal or one that uses drugs or eats processed foods will harm the Pineal and have reproductive problems.’ The processed foods and drugs impact the Pineal. The Pineal regulates insulin levels, the adrenal cortex and the Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH). ACTH is secreted by the Pituitary and is essential for physical and mental growth and development. In other words, a Black person’s level of thinking (mental growth) needed to solve their race’s problems cannot be achieved with a low amount of Melanin caused by an under-stimulated Pineal.’
Our thoughts: This is why we think black people are the most susceptible to problems like high blood pressure and diabetes. Why? Because we waste money consuming processed foods, instead of fresh, healthy or traditional African foods, we harm ourselves in a way we don’t even realise.
‘Black people with inadequate Melanin levels will have problems getting along together (unity, forming positive groups) and will constantly destroy each other…’
Our thoughts: Sound familiar?
‘…They will lack the energy to sustain unity because natural bodily made sugars regulated by melanin cannot be utilized. This is the result of inadequate insulin. The Pancreas insulin hormone takes the natural sugars (not white sugar etc.) out of the blood and puts it into tissue. The melanin’s inability to regulate insulin causes mood swings , irritability and low energy. The liver’s ability to make bile is potentiated by Melanin, The Pineal’s Melanin Hormones act on the liver and if inadequate, this will decrease the gall bladder’s digestive bile fluid secretion. This results in unstable energy moods. ‘
Source: Melanin – What makes Black People Black, by Llaila Afrika
Our thoughts: According to Livestrong.com, animal products have numerous nutrients that help in producing melanin. This includes the most important mineral known as copper (Cu), although found in relatively low amounts it is needed in producing melanin. You can find copper in various foods such as oysters, liver, dairy products (milk, cheese) and poultry such as chicken, turkey and fish.
In March 2015, we attended a seminar about Melanin. One of the key things we learnt was that melanin holds the most toxins, so it is very important we cleanse our bodies through good nutrition. Here are the following foods we noted down, which can aid us in flushing out toxins.
- Sesame seeds – excellent source of copper, and a good source of manganese, calcium, iron, zinc, fibre & selenium.
- Sunflower seeds – contains copper, is a rich source of vitamin E, and contains several B vitamins and selenium.
- Eat the seeds of your fruit and veg, as the seed is the main source of the fruit or vegetable’s nutrition.
- Avacado – rich in vitamin E which acts an anti-oxidant bringing protection against toxins. Also rich in vitamin K.
- Guava – contains copper, vitamins A, potassium and manganese. Also rich in vitamin C.
- Kiwi – contains copper, vitamin E and is rich in vitamins C and K.
- Pear – a good source of copper, fibre and vitamins C and K.
- Plum – contains copper and fibre. Also, a good source of vitamins C and K.
- Asparagus – rich source of copper, vitamins A, C, E, iron and selenium. Also contains several B vitamins, and is an excellent source of vitamin K.
- Spinach – this leafy green is a good source of copper, iron, magnesium and calcium. It is also high in vitamins A & K, and provides a good source of B vitamins, and vitamins E & C.
- Swiss Chard – contains copper, iron, calcium and magnesium. Also an excellent source of vitamins K and is rich in vitamins A, C and E.
- Bee pollen – excellent source of copper, zinc, iron, vitamins C & D, calcium and selenium. Also an excellent source of B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, biotin, beta and carotene.
- Cacao powder – excellent source of copper, zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, sulphur. Also an excellent sources of vitamins C, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B9.
- Maca powder – Rich in copper, iron, zinc and calcium. Also rich in vitamins A, C, D, B1, B2 and B3.
- Moringa Powder – this is a power house of nutrients. Rich in copper, iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, selenium and chromium . Also rich in vitamins A, C, D, E and K. Also contains most of complex B vitamins.
- Manuka honey (purest form of honey) contains flavonoids which are powerful anti-oxidants.
Health is wealth, so let food be our medicine and medicine be our food!
- Melanin – What makes Black People Black, by Llaila Afrika
- Melanin Monologues: A Black British Perspective, by Adjaye A. Natreema
- Melanin: A Key to Freedom, by Dr Richard D. King M.D
- The Protective Role of Melanin Against UV Damage in Human Skin – Brenner and Hearing, 2009 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2671032/
Using your phone in bed affects your melatonin!
MELANIN IS WORTH MORE THAN GOLD. KNOW YOUR WORTH. KNOW THYSELF!