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Melatonin: Everything You Need to Know

Everything produces melatonin, and it's benefits go way beyond just sleep!

In this article you will learn:

  • What melatonin is and why it's important for your health

  • The astounding research behind this compound and how to use it safely

  • Where to get my favorite, most effective kind for daily use

Lazy Reader's Section:

Melatonin is a compound that was initially discovered in humans but has recently been seen in plants as well. Every living thing seems to have melatonin, and it plays important roles in the body as a protective chemical, antioxidant, anti-cancer and recovery regulator. It's very useful for sleep, especially since many people have genetic issues with producing neurotransmitters in sufficient amounts, and is extremely non-toxic. The best melatonin is sublingual, and I use this one by OHS.

The Details:

Up until very recently I thought - like most everyone else - that melatonin is what you take for sleep. I had taken some here and there in the past to help with falling asleep, although rumors of supplementation affecting your own ability to produce melatonin steered me away from including it as a regular supplement - even when I was having trouble with my sleep.

If you research melatonin, you’ll find lots of mixed data and even alternative medicine sources lack thoroughness in compiling all there is to know about this magical chemical. That's why in this article I’m going to give you the No Bullshit tour so that you become a melatonin Superstar, should you decide to use it.

Did you know that melatonin actually does much more than help you sleep? Several ongoing studies have concluded that it helps detoxify the body and serves as a powerful antioxidant, helps with bone formation and reproductive and immune system regulation. It also has protective and therapeutic effects on the brain, heart, GI system and against cancer.(1,2,3)

Discovered in mammals in 1958 by physician Aaron Lerner, and then in plants in 1992 by other researchers,(4) melatonin seems to be in almost every living thing on the planet; as an important chemical for regulating growth, circadian rhythm and fighting oxidative stress.

Research findings have also implicated it in a number of therapeutic roles, and with a relatively low risk profile. For example, some research found it to be effective against bacterial diseases like tuberculosis,(5) and its anti-cancer(6) and chemo-protective effects(7) are well studied. It stimulates and modulates the immune system,(8) although the mechanism isn’t understood yet, and it also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.(9,10) It’s even been considered as a treatment for managing Ebola,(11) pain from surgery and the metabolic effects of bipolar medication.(12)

With all of these important roles and benefits, it is an interesting implication for aging if science has found that our melatonin levels steadily drop beginning in our 30’s to as much as 40% in our 60’s.(13,14) We’re also bathed in unnatural light 24/7 living in the city, and it’s been found that melatonin production decreases by as much as 50% even when exposed to light less than 30 lux, or the intensity of typical indoor lighting.(15) The same research found massive difference in light reactivity between individuals, and even blind people weren’t immune to these effects, suggesting an extremely sensitive sensory system in our body relating to light and light types.

Now, with all of this new information, are you ready to grab some melatonin?