Pineal Gland Hormone
The Location and Function of the Pineal Gland and its Hormone
- The pineal gland was the last discovered of the endocrine glands.
- The location of the pineal gland is near the centre of the brain
- The pineal gland is approximately 1/3 inch long and is shaped like a pine cone
- Pineal cells and the cells that support the pineal cells called “neuroglial cells” are what the gland is comprised of.
- The main pineal gland hormone secreted is melatonin, a hormone which helps in the maintenance of the circadian rhythm. It is also a hormone known for its regulation of reproductive hormones.
- One issue surrounding the functionality of the pineal gland is that it is often showing as calcified in x-rays
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