O.k., here’s the obvious. Melatonin helps with sleep. I know, I can hear through the waves of cyberspace the resounding… “Duhh.” More specifically, it helps influence sleep patterns – the fancy name is circadian rhythm. By influencing the deeper stages, Stage IV and REM, quality of sleep improves and health benefits are conveyed.
Here are some published health benefits of Melatonin:
Influences the release of Human Growth Hormone (HGH); which can affect weight loss and healthy weight maintenance
- Enhances Mood
- Increases Natural-Killer-Cells
- Modulates Immune Function
- Protects Against Cancer
- Potent Antioxidant
- Free Radical Scavenger
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Decreases Migraines & Cluster Headaches
Melatonin is readily available in most all pharmacies. The best form to use is a “time release, micronized” form. This allows for better absorption and longer duration of action, compared to the standard over-the- counter versions, which more closely mimics the body’s natural Melatonin release. Typical dose range is anywhere from 1mg to 30mg per night. Because of the known health benefits and the relative low side effect profile, this supplement is a good all-around addition to any wellness regimen.
To Your Health,