Melatonin has also been used with Alzheimer disease, depression, circadian rhythm disorders in the blind, tinnitus, delayed sleep phase syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and migraines and testimonies state that Melatonin may help in these areas.
• Helps to improve sleep quality.
• Helps to increase total sleep time, especially in people with altered sleep schedules (shift work) and those suffering from jet lag.
• Helps to reduce the time it takes to fall asleep.
• Helps relieve the daytime fatigue associated with jet lag.
• Helps re-set the body's sleep-wake cycle.
How It Works:
Melatonin is produced in the pineal gland mainly during the night while sleeping. Melatonin is a hormone that plays a role in aging, energy, and sleep. In our society many people have insufficient or improper sleep patterns for a variety of reasons; stress, work schedule or jet lag can disrupt normal sleep and melatonin production. As people age they also produce less melatonin. Supplementing with Melatonin Extra may help you improve your quality of sleep, increase total sleep time or help reduce the time it takes to fall asleep .
Studies conducted at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland have successfully used low doses of melatonin to shift participants’ body clocks both forward and backward. This is good news for those required to work changing shifts—being able to adjust sleep schedules will help prevent health problems caused by insufficient sleep. A study published in Biologic Psychiatry documented that melatonin taken before bedtime enabled persons with insomnia to sleep for greater lengths of time without compromising alertness during the day and without the negative side effects of chemical sleep aids. Additional research published in Psychopharmacology, showed melatonin helped individuals fall asleep faster, remain asleep longer, and have greater energy levels when they awoke.
Jet Lag Studies Circadian dysrhythmia—commonly known as “jet lag”—is often an unpleasant side effect of flying through multiple time zones. Symptoms such as fatigue, disrupted sleep patterns, and the inability to concentrate generally require 24-48 hours to subside, as the body adapts to the local time. Researchers have found melatonin to be quite effective in relieving jet lag.
The British Journal of Medicine published a double-blind study in which 10 men and women of different ages received 5mg of melatonin before, during and after a round-trip flight between London, England and Auckland, New Zealand. In contrast to the group given a placebo, those who took melatonin returned to their normal sleeping patterns quicker and had higher levels of energy.
Melatonin and the Immune System
Numerous studies have confirmed melatonin is beneficial to the immune system.
Melatonin and Breast Cancer
A study documented in In Vitro Cell Development Biology, showed melatonin retarded cancer growth. Interestingly, Japanese women, who have higher levels of melatonin than women from other countries, have a much lower rate of breast cancer. The explanation may lie in the fact that melatonin is routinely found in particular seaweeds consumed in the Japanese diet.Studies have been conducted on melatonin as a possible benefit for treating breast cancer. Initial studies indicate melatonin arrests the development of breast cancer and causes tumors to deteriorate in laboratory animals. Other tests showed breast cancer cells exposed to melatonin did not multiply.
Melatonin and Prostate Cancer
Melatonin supplements may also help men identified as having prostate cancer. A study in the Journal of Neural Transmission reported a link between lower levels of melatonin and the formation of prostate cancer.
Melatonin and the Aging Process - Mice Live Longer
Researchers studies show melatonin in slowing the aging process. Studies conducted at the Institute of Integrative Bio-Medical Research in Switzerland observed melatonin enabled mice to live what would be the equivalent of an additional 20 human years. Also, many of their age-related symptoms were either deferred or completely reversed. Current research suggests as levels of melatonin decrease, all body systems are affected and begin to function less efficiently, producing the changes generally attributed to aging. The melatonin levels of 25-year-olds are 4 times greater than those of 60-year-olds. In response, Dr. Pierpaoli, director of the melatonin studies conducted at Integrative Biomedical Research, recommends taking melatonin supplements each day after age 60. Furthermore, according to Medical Hypotheses, scientists are researching melatonin as possibly being the primary mechanism responsible for aging changes.
Melatonin and the Endocrine System
Melatonin supplements may be necessary to attain a more youthful endocrine balance and restore the entire body.
Melatonin Lowers LDL Cholesterol Levels
Additionally, melatonin has been shown to lower elevated LDL cholesterol levels by 15-30%, according to studies from the Institute of Pathology in Locarno, Switzerland.
Melatonin and Depression
Melatonin has also been shown to be helpful in combating depression associated with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
Melatonin and Nicotine Withdrawel
Studies indicate that it can also help with nicotine withdrawal.
Next time you Think Melatonin DONT JUST THINK SLEEP!
Melatonin Extra Contains 3 mg of melatonin combined with Ginkgo biloba concentrate (standardized to 24 percent glycosides), Ginkgo biloba leaves, Siberian ginseng and 30 IV Vitamin E.
(Each capsule contains Melatonin, 3 mg, D-alpha tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E) (47 mg powdered extract, USP standard, 700 IU/g) 30 I.U., Ginkgo biloba (Ginkgo) leaves 50 mg, Eleutherococcus senticosus(Siberian ginseng) root 50 mg, Ginkgo biloba (Ginkgo) leaf 5 mg of a 50:1 extract standardized to 24% ginkgo flavone glycosides and 6% terpene lactones. Non-medicinal: cellulose, gelatin capsule (gelatin, water), magnesium stearate.)
Helps increase the total sleep time in people suffering from sleep restriction, altered sleep schedule or jet lag. Helps relieve the daytime fatigue associated with jet lag. Helps to reduce the time it takes to fall asleep in people with delayed sleep phase syndrome and helps re-set the body's sleep-wake cycle.
Melatonin Extra® The pineal gland, located in the center of the brain, produces melatonin-a hormone that plays a vital role in aging, energy and sleep. As people age, they produce less and less melatonin. Supplementing with Melatonin Extra when needed may help you get the rest you need.
Melatonin Extra is derived from non-bovine sources and blended with selected herbs and nutrients that offer additional support to the brain and the glandular system.
Take 1 capsule 30 minutes prior to bedtime.
Do not take Melatonin Extra during the day. It may cause drowsiness. Not recommended for use by children, teenagers or pregnant or lactating women.
Melatonin Extra is a combination containing Melatonin and other essential ingredients. Melatonin is naturally produced in the pineal gland at the base of the brain. This hormone is essential to three common and inevitable elements of life, namely: energy, sleep, and unfortunately, aging. Melatonin is produced in the pineal from serotonin. When it gets dark, the pineal gland, which is very sensitive to light, begins to convert the neurotransmitter serotonin into the hormone melatonin. Melatonin helps us get a normal nights sleep so we can wake up refreshed, alert and energized.
Melatonin Extra is a unique formula containing melatonin, vitamin E, ginkgo leaves and eleuthero root. The contents of this formula are detailed below
This vitamin can be found in those leafy green vegetables in whole wheat, but degrades quickly after wheat has been ground into flour.
Vitamin E can be helpful for scar reduction as it helps tissues to heal. It is a fat-soluble antioxidant that prevents oils and fats from oxidizing. This makes it useful for protecting brain tissue, which is primarily composed of fats. It helps avert and fight many diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, night cramps and restless leg syndrome. Vitamin E is also beneficial in more everyday issues like improving physical stamina, energy levels, preventing allergies and slowing aging. Vitamin E is used topically to treat dermatitis, aging skin, ganualoma annulare, and protecting skin from ulceration from chemotherapy drugs.
Ginkgo Leaves (Ginkgo biloba)
Ginkgo trees are planted for their beauty and their ability to successfully grow in polluted areas. The seeds of the tree are considered quite the delicacy in Japan and China. The leaves of the tree are like small wide fans and have been used in cosmetics but the leaves have also been put to use medicinally.
When taken orally, Ginkgo is good for treating several forms of dementia, headaches, tinnitus, vertigo, sexual dysfunction and ADHD. It helps improve concentration, sleep patterns, regulation of gastric acidity, gallbladder function, and the control of blood pressure. It is very useful for normalizing brain function.
Eleuthero Root (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
The Eleuthero plant hails from southeastern Siberia and the Korean peninsula and has since adapted to the more western world, including the northwestern USA. The plant has been a part of traditional Chinese medical practices since 190 AD. Its popularity and use spread after it was found to be an adaptogen, helping the body to deal with stress. Eleuthero is capable of increasing concentration and focus without a slump in energy that you might experience with coffee or other caffeinated stimulants. It is used to reduce the output of stress hormones, which can help you to relax and get a better night’s sleep. Eleuthero has been used to help normalize blood pressure, boost the immune system, increase energy and improve stamina, while reducing anxiety and stress.
The suggested use of Melatonin Extra in adults is one capsule just 30 minutes before going to bed. This dose should be administered daily, always 30 minutes before bed, and should be followed by an 8 ounce glass of water.
Cautions: This product should not be used by children, teenagers, pregnant women, or lactating women. Do not take this product while driving or operating other machinery. Taking this product during the daytime may cause drowsiness. Follow suggested use and only take Melatonin Extra at bedtime. Melatonin is safe for short-term use, but no studies exist indicating its safety for long-term use. This product is best used for jet lag, disrupted sleep patterns and occasional insomnia.
This article is for Health Education. Always consult with a qualified practitioner before embarking on any program.