This article exposes the community to recent research by Mexican scientist Dr. Arturo Solis-Herrera about the ability of melanin to dissociate the water molecule to create energy. I briefly mentioned his research in a previous article about melanin, but didn't go into more detail. He makes the argument that melanin is the animal analog to chlorophyll which serves the same purpose in plants. I use quotes from two scientific research papers on melanin and the human photosynthesis theory for my readers to soak up and take in.
1. What is Photosynthesis and Chlorophyll? Before we can talk about melanin and why this research is so important, we have to first discuss what is already known and widely accepted in academia. Chlorophyll is the pigment found in algae and plants that gives them their green color. It is essential for the chemical process of photosynthesis to occur. Photosynthesis, in layman's terms, is important for the maintaining of all life on Earth. It is the process by which plants absorb solar energy and use that solar energy to create chemical energy. This chemical energy in turn is used as fuel within the plant to power practically all of its activities. Carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H20) are key components in the kick-starting of photosynthesis. Water, for instance, is the chemical that serves as an initial electron donor. One of the reasons we know that plants and trees release oxygen is because of water which is broken down and dissociated into oxygen and hydrogen. So to sum it up, in photosynthesis, carbon dioxide and water are broken down at the molecular level by solar energy absorbed by the plant to create energy in the form of sugar (glucose) and oxygen (which is released into the air). This chemical energy is used by plants to create plant tissue, proteins, fats, etc.
2. What is Human Photosynthesis? It is the phrase coined by Dr. Herrera and his team. They believe melanin serves the same function in humans that chlorophyll serves in plants. Much like photosynthesis, they believe that melanin absorbs solar energy and uses said energy to dissociate (break down) water molecules that in turn are used to create energy that can be used for a multitude of reactions throughout the body. Herrera's work is challenging conventional wisdom because according to most academics, animals such as Humans, cannot use solar power directly to create energy - only plants can. However, that's because they don't factor in melanin!
3. Melanin is the Answer! In 1990, Herrera and his team were looking for treatments for blindness. Since it was believed in academia that glucose was the universal source of energy, they thought that blood vessels in the eyes were the carriers of glucose to the retina and optic nerve. So they were looking for anomalies in the walls of the blood vessels to begin testing different treatment methods. The study lasted 12 years (1990-2002) and what they found instead was that melanin was detected in the vicinity of the optic nerve in all patients. Melanin appears to serve as a natural sunscreen for the eyes!
4. Melanin in the Eyes. For Dr. Herrera and his team, one of the first signs that melanin plays a role in human photosynthesis was by studying the retina. Oxygen saturation levels are very high within the blood vessels of the eye and Dr. Herrera wondered where all of the oxygen was coming from because he knew it certainly wasn't coming from the lungs. The only conclusion he could come up with was that melanin was dissociating water molecules in the eyes and releasing oxygen that was apparent in the blood vessels within our eyes.
5. The Melanin Molecule is Essential to Life. It is Dr. Herrera's belief that melanin is essential to life due to its ability to dissociate the water molecule; making it the equivalent of human chlorophyll in homo sapien sapiens. He believes that melanin is responsible for over 90% of cellular energy! Not ATP which is believed to be the source of most energy in the body according to academia. He says that ATP is not produced in large enough amounts to provide energy throughout the entire body. He also questions where certain cellular organisms without mitochondria (where ATP is developed) get their energy from if they don't have mitochondria to produce it.