Melatonin and It’s Many Health Benefits

Melatonin is a hormone produced by a gland in the brain known as the pineal gland. Darkness triggers the production of the hormone where as light inhibits it. For those who aren’t producing enough naturally then melatonin is available as a pill similar to your average vitamin.

 For years I’ve been aware of the beneficial effects that taking melatonin to help you sleep can have. Though, it never worked on me years ago I just recently found out that you could up the dose much higher than the one I had originally received, and to my surprise I’ve found that sometimes it really does help me fall -and stay- asleep. I’ve found that when taking melatonin as a sleep aid it’s important to remember to stick to routine. I take the needed amount and then brush my teeth and go straight to bed. This seems to help initiate the effects so that they work properly.

What I didn’t know about melatonin was that it has many other surprising health benefits. For instance some studies have shown that melatonin is an effective preventative treatment for both migraine and cluster headaches. For those in this particular study 3 mg of melatonin was given each night before bed for a period of three months. At least two-thirds of the patients in this study saw a reduction in the severity and frequency of their headaches by at least 50%. If you suffer from migraines then you know that this change is a significant amount.

This hormone has also been found to help fight multiple cancers including breast and liver cancers as well as small-cell lung cancer. Melatonin has also been used in treating mood disorders (with positive results) as well as gallbladder stones (it helps reduce the amount of cholesterol within the gall bladder), Alzheimer’s, delirium (in elderly patients) and protection against radiation among other things.

So, it would seem that melatonin could make a huge difference in many lives and the fact that it’s a natural substance makes it all the better.

{I am not a doctor and the medical definitions and descriptions featured in this blog post do not and should not replace those of a medical professional. They are merely there to help give an idea of my situation and experiences. If you are in need of medical advice see your doctor.}

“Health is the first muse, and sleep is the condition to produce it.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson