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The hormone melatonin is naturally produced by your pineal gland, a cone-shaped structure in your brain.
Your body’s pattern of melatonin production is similar to the other “antiaging” hormones, human growth hormone and DHEA.
Throughout early life, melatonin is made in abundance.
It was thought for some time the production of melatonin drops at puberty and continues to decline steadily as we age.
This may not be true, according to research done at Harvard Medical School.
Researchers say older people on aspirin therapy might have skewed the results because taking aspirin reduces melatonin levels.
Research has shown melatonin may have several profound long-term effects on your body.
As one of the most powerful antioxidants ever discovered – with a greater range of effectiveness than vitamin C, vitamin E, or beta-carotene – melatonin helps prevent harmful oxidation reactions.
In this way, melatonin may prevent changes leading to hypertension and heart attack, and may reduce the risk of certain kinds of cancer.
Melatonin also has been found to stimulate your immune system; have a major role in the production of estrogen, testosterone, and possibly other hormones, helping to prevent cancers involving the reproductive system; and slow the growth of existing malignancies.
Recent studies suggest if melatonin is taken in the mornings, tumor growth may be stimulated, but if it’s taken in the evenings, tumor growth tends to be slowed.
In addition, as melatonin is secreted in response to the fall of darkness at the end of each day, the hormone helps your body keep in sync with the rhythms of day and night.
Thus, melatonin helps regulate sleep.
Research on melatonin continues, and with it, knowledge is increasing about the functions of melatonin in your body and the effects of melatonin supplementation.
Melatonin is the internal sleep facilitator in humans.
Both human research studies and anecdotal evidence indicate melatonin supplements can be an effective and side effect-free sleep aid both for adults suffering from insomnia and for children with autism, epilepsy, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other problems causing sleep disorders.
There is evidence supplemental melatonin can induce sleep by reducing restlessness before sleep, and correct sleep patterns during sleep so you feel rested on awakening.
Sleeping disorders increase with age, and melatonin has been shown to help.
People over age 55 who used 2 milligrams of time-released melatonin had better quality of sleep and felt more alert in the morning.
It’s been shown to be effective in those who suffer from minor sleep disorders when used on a regular basis, and episodically for jet lag or shift workers.
In addition, in a rare condition resulting in nocturnal hypertension, people using melatonin experienced reduced blood pressure while they slept.
For people with mild cognitive impairment, melatonin allowed for better performance on several tests assessing cognitive function.
Mental acuity was thought to improve because the people slept better and felt refreshed in the morning.
Animal and other laboratory research indicates melatonin supplementation may help prevent age-related disorders, and perhaps extend life.
Melatonin can be taken to ease PMS symptoms; stimulate your immune system; prevent memory loss, arteriosclerosis, and stroke; and treat cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Although no toxic levels of melatonin have been found, it’s a powerful hormone, and some researchers feel certain people probably shouldn’t use this supplement until further information is available.
Included in this category are pregnant and nursing women; people with severe allergies or autoimmune diseases; people with immune system cancers, like lymphoma and leukemia; and healthy children, who already make enough of the hormone.
Because high doses of melatonin have been found to act as a contraceptive, women who wish to become pregnant also might want to avoid taking this supplement.
Melatonin should be taken 2 hours or less before bedtime.
This schedule is designed to release the added hormone at the same time natural production peaks.
A sustained-release form is best if you frequently awaken after several hours’ sleep; a sublingual form is best if you’re very ill or suffer from malabsorption.
When you awaken after melatonin-assisted sleep, you should feel refreshed – not tired or groggy.
If you do experience grogginess, you should reduce the dosage.
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