Melatonin is a hormone produced naturally by the pineal gland in response to darkness. Levels remain high during sleep until the pineal gland tapers off production in response to light. Melatonin has many beneficial functions and new discoveries are made daily about it’s amazing properties. It helps regulate sleep. It is an immunostimulant. It is a powerful antioxidant. It seems many people know about meatonin, but are unsure of how it works or how to use it.
Occasionally, melatonin is used as a complementary medicine in cancer treatment for breast, brain, lung, prostate, head and neck, or gastrointestinal cancer. Melatonin is sometimes used to mitigate the side effects of chemotherapy including weight loss, nerve pain, weakness and a condition called thrombocytopenia.
Melatonin is nontoxic even in doses hundreds of times the therapeutic dose. In Europe, very high doses are used as a contraceptive.
Melatonin supplements are often recommended for sleep problems involving sleep cycles, such as jet lag or irregular night shift work. Melatonin supplements are also recommended for sleep disorders due to side effects from beta-blockers (blood pressure medication), from stopping benzodiazepine drugs or from quitting smoking. Melatonin may also be given for insomnia linked to attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism in children.
- For sleep or jet lag take one Melatonin 5mg tablet or use Melatonin 1 mg S. L. (very fast acting for under the tongue) or Melatonin 5 mg at bedtime.
- For possible life extension properties take 1 to2 tablets of Melatonin 5 mg at bedtime.
- For trouble staying asleep due to withdrawal from sleeping pills take Melatonin 10 mg at bedtime.
- For cancer take three tablets Melatonin 10 mg or 1 capsule Melatonin 25 mg at bedtime.
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