Melatonin supplements are a hormone produced by the pineal gland which is a small cone shaped structure located deep within the brain. In the early years of lives, Melatonin is produced in significant quantities. It’s production is at it’s highest level during the nighttime hours. As the daylight hours approach, Melatonin levels diminish. Our waking and sleep cycles are controlled by the cycles of maximum and minimum production of Melatonin in the brain.
During the early years of our lives, Melatonin is produced in mass quantities up to the time of puberty. After puberty, however, our Melatonin level declines at a steady pace as we age. That is extremely disappointing because research has confirmed that Melatonin could very well have significantly positive long-term effects on the body. It is an extremely powerful Antioxidant more powerful then Vitamin C, Vitamin E, or Beta Carotene.
And since our body produces very little Melatonin after puberty, the best way to increase our level is by taking supplements. And since high levels of Melatonin are only possessed by the young, a logical assumption is if we increase our levels of Melatonin to that of our youth, we will feel younger. That sounds like a logical assumption.
Numerous studies of Melatonin have been conducted and the results of those studies have made significant headlines in some of the most prestigious medical publications in the United States and Europe. For example, Melatonin supplements reduce the potential for cluster headaches, activates cancer fighting immune cells, may assist in the prevention of Alzheimer Disease, and treats jet lag Insomnia.
Melatonin supplements come in doses of .5 mg up to 10 mg. Start slowly and work your way up until you find an acceptable level.