A friend of mine recently wrote me the following letter asking for more information on melatonin. I dedicate this article to her: M.H. wrote: "My husband had trouble sleeping the last few months of his life, and the doc prescribed 1mg of melatonin . He didn't want to put Jim on any more drugs. He was already taking insulin for diabetes , and something for blood pressure, and others I've forgotten for now. After taking the melatonin he was asleep and comfortable for the night. After he died I was having trouble sleeping (something I'd never experienced before). I decided to try the melatonin I had left. It worked very well, and now I take it only once in a while when I can't sleep." MELATONIN Melatonin - the wonder drug of the decade. Or is it? In the first place, melatonin isn't a drug. It's a hormone produced by a pea-sized gland nestled between the two hemispheres of the brain. This gland is called the pineal gland. The scientifi...
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone in the body that is produced by the pineal gland. It has been well known for its role in the sleep cycle but has more recently been shown to function as an antioxidant and as a player in proper immune system functioning.
There is currently a Phase II clinical trial recruiting subjects with ulcerative colitis to test the efficacy of melatonin supplements in lessening symptoms of the disease ( 1 ). It is important because previous research in animals has noted that melatonin plays a significant role in the health of the GI tract. With regard to inflammation and GI bleeding one rodent study found that the melatonin resolved the issue in all cases ( 2 ).
The additional benefit to something like melatonin is the relatively low risk of side effects as compared with the other treatments for UC. Some of the side effects that can be experienced with melatonin are: dizziness, daytime sleepiness, headache, abdominal pain, vivid dreams or confu...
Generic Name: MELATONIN - ORAL Melatonin Oral Interactions
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