Melatonin is best known for its effectiveness as a sleep aid and regulating the sleep-wake cycle. Generally, melatonin is used for difficulty falling asleep, waking in the night, and improving overall sleep quality. Melatonin is particularly beneficial to help to overcome jetlag (especially when travelling eastbound over more that 2 time zones) and for shift workers with altered sleep schedules. A new understand is now emerging that greater health benefits of melatonin supplementation are associated with increased duration of REM and deep sleep, crucial for nightly repair, regeneration and detoxification.
Beyond sleep, research (over 6000 studies) shows that melatonin benefits are profound and far reaching. Known as the body’s most efficient free-radical scavenger with an impressive ability to control oxidative damage, melatonin has powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune properties. These properties function as brain, heart, neurological, cognitive and cancer protection through the reduction of trauma from brain injury; preventing heart muscle damage; neuroprotection; increasing cognitive functioning; and offering cancer support and reducing the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
CONSIDER MELATONIN FOR THESE HEALTH BENEFITS:
- Resetting the body’s sleep-wake cycles, increasing REM and total sleep time and improving sleep quality
- Difficulty falling asleep (insomnia, delayed sleep phase syndrome)
- Waking in the night
- Shift work and late night/altered sleep schedules
- Jet lag
- Powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and the body’s the most efficient free-radical scavenger.
- Cancer prevention and control
- Reduce side effects from chemotherapy (low platelet counts, neurotoxicity, cardiotoxicity, and mouth sores)
- Enhance effectiveness of standard therapy for cancer
- Protects shift-workers from known increased cancer risks
BRAIN HEALTH, NEUROPROTECTION AND HEALTHY COGNITIVE FUNCTION
- Prevent neurodegenerative diseases
- Improve mild cognitive impairment, learning and memory (Alzheimer’s and dementia)
- Protect against brain injury (stroke or trauma)
- Calcification of the pineal gland – offsets age-related diminished pineal-derived melatonin availability
- Optimize brain cognitive function during natural aging process
- Depression-related sleep disturbances
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- IMMUNE AND INFLAMMATION SUPPORT
- Powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
- Stimulate immune system
- Improved wound healing
- Cardioprotection (angina, heart attack risk)
- Reduce night-time hypertension (cardiovascular risk factor)
- Gastrointestional Health
GI TRACT PROTECTION
- Alleviates gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Reduces functional dyspepsia symptoms
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
HEADACHES – CLUSTER HEADACHES, MIGRAINES
Only about half the population gets desired sleep results with 1-3-5 mg dosage of melatonin and almost everyone is melatonin ‘deficient’, according to Harlan Lahti, Pharmacist. In the older population, melatonin production decreases due to pineal calcification and decreased pineal-derived melatonin availability.
High dose melatonin supplementation in sublingual form is both safe and significantly increases duration of REM and deep sleep for greater repair, regeneration and detoxification during sleep. When melatonin is coupled with vitamin B6, melatonin biosynthesis, secretion and absorption is enhanced. For patients who ‘don’t tolerate’ melatonin (ex. restlessness, too stimulating, sleep initially worsens), Mr. Lahti’s advice is to persist for about a week with 10 mg of melatonin taken with 1 tsp (5g) of L-Glycine powder. As a serotonin re-uptake inhibitor, L-Glycine cools the core temperature of the body down for sleep preparation and allows patients to better tolerate melatonin supplementation.