I used to take Melatonin once in a while if I had a lot on my mind, or was having one of those nights when I was so tired or stressed out, I simply couldn't sleep. I had NO idea that the health benefits of melatonin are far more reaching that just an occasional good night's sleep. Next post will be on ANY CAUTIONS OR INTERACTIONS WITH DRUGS THAT MIGHT BE CAUSED BY MELATONIN SUPPLEMENTATION.
Benefits mentioned in the article:
Melatonin has been shown to have an impressive ability to control oxidative damage in systems throughout the body which can reduce the trauma of brain injury. prevent heart muscle damage, offer neuroprotection, increase cognitive functioning and reduce toxic effects of chemotherapy while enhancing its benefits.
MOST of this research and findings have taken place in the past 5 or 6 years. It was thought for a long time that Melatonin was solely the product of the pineal gland in the brain and was secreted ONLY at night. Melatonin is now KNOWN to be produced in multiple body sites. This powerful hormone impacts virtually every cell with which it comes in contact with as well as being able to Cross the highly selective blood-brain barrier. It is derived from the amino acid L-Tryptophan. It has very impressive antioxidant properties and helps prevent tissue that take the brunt of oxidative and other injuries like the brain and spinal cord. It also protects against damage to the stomach, pancreas, and liver which are most vulnerable to such injuries. Melatonin also protects against cardiovascular diseases, degenerative brain diseases, brain injuries, stroke, and numerous cancers. It also has properties of being anti-inflammatory similar to ibuprofen as an example. Unlike anti-inflammatory drugs, melatonin has far fewer side effects and it does NOT inhibit the COX-1 enzyme that helps protect the stomach lining. Melatonin has also shown a healthy immune response in that early in the process of wound healing it has reduced pain perception in animal models of inflammation and can also increase the analgesic effects of NSAID drugs.
Melatonin has shown promise in reducing the damaging effects of brain injury and strokes.
I found the article fascinating and informative. Researchers believe we are on the tip of the iceberg in discovering all of melatonin's health benefits.
***(CAUTION)*** Consult a doctor before taking melatonin IF you are on prescription drugs such as warfin, (Coumadin) fluvoxamine (Luvox) or nifedipine (Procardia) (BLOOD THINNERS) and I have read certain blood pressure medicines.
God Bless, Dan
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And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat
Here is a LINK to the Life Extension article as my short post cannot do it justice and I think you will enjoy the article: