What is Melatonin?
Melatonin is a natural substance secreted by the pineal gland. Melatonin is recognized as a key element in regulating the body's day/night metabolic rates. Its secretion is synchronized with our biological clock which dictates the daily changes upon the body's metabolic activity: our circadian rhythms. Its most popular use is to help alleviate jet lag: "Melatonin can alleviate jet lag and tiredness after long haul flights (1)".
1) Petrie, K.,et al: Effect of Melatonin on jet lag after long haul flights. Brit. Med. J. 298, 705-7 (1989).
Melatonin as an Antioxidant
Melatonin is also an excellent antioxidant: a potent, free-radical scavenger. It also reduces blood platelet aggregation and thus provides an aspirin type of protective effect on the coronaries, improving blood pressure and reducing the negative effects of hypertension. Another crucial role of Melatonin is in its maintenance of the immune system. It may have potential benefit for Alzheimer's disease as well.
Interactions/Precautions Those with Asthma should consult with physician before taken Melatonin supplement. | Please consult your health professional if you are taking any of the following medications and are considering Melatonin: Cisplatin, Cyclophosphamide, Chemotherapy drugs, Docetaxel, Doxorubicin, Fluorouracil, Flouxetine, Fluvoxamine, Methotrexate, Mirtazapine, Oral Corticosteroids, Paclitaxel, Tamoxifen, Triazolam. | Please consult your physician prior to adding Melatonin to your daily regimen.
Melatonin (99.9% purity) 5 mg, Maltrin (maltodextrin) 350 mg, Pineal Gland concentrate 20 mg
This formula is free of yeast, egg, gluten, corn, soy, wheat, milk, starch, artificial colors or preservatives.
1 tablet daily, 30 min before bedtime or consult a physician for adequate dosage instructions.