Melatonin, 180 caps, 3 mg
• Supports Healthy Sleep/Wake Cycles
• Supports Immune System
• Potent Antioxidant
Melatonin is a naturally-occurring hormone in humans that is produced
by the pineal gland and plays a role in the regulation of the sleep-wake cycle.
It is secreted by the pineal gland after your body senses the fall of darkness
at the end of each day, and keeps your body synchronized with the rhythms of day
and night. It is also a powerful antioxidant that supports immune system function.
As we age, melatonin levels decline, so supplementation is necessary to provide
optimal levels of this important hormone. Scientists believe this reduction is
the reason why older adults have more trouble sleeping than younger people. Melatonin
is a synthetic dietary supplement.
Melatonin and Sleep:
your pineal gland does not produce adequate melatonin early enough in the evening,
it is difficult to go to sleep. If secretion does not continue, you may wake up
too soon. If your pineal gland secretes too much or for too long into the next
day, you will have a tendency to be sleepy and not rested the next morning. Continuing
melatonin production into the day can also result in depression and tiredness.
If you do not get adequate sleep, mental acuity decreases too. Insomnia exists
when melatonin levels are low or when it is produced at the wrong time. Supplementing
can help re-establish balance and help you set your biological clock naturally.
Melatonin and the Immune System:
Low melatonin levels are
associated with lessened thymus activity and depression. Much of the activity
of the immune system takes place at night and it is thought that melatonin interacts
with our immune system during sleep. Melatonin may be an anti-stress factor and
its normal rhythmic release is a buffering device, quenching the adverse effects
of stress on the immune system.
Brain and Central Nervous System:
Melatonin stabilizes electrical activity of the central nervous system. The pineal,
primarily through melatonin, acts as a synchronizing and stabilizing organ. Nighttime
melatonin levels are low in people with major depressive and panic disorders.
Individuals with noticeable mood swings or are melancholy also have depressed
melatonin levels. Both seasonal affective disorder and non-seasonal cyclic depressions
are related to the peaks and valleys of melatonin levels.
Stress and/or dietary lack of tryptophan may make deficiencies
of melatonin common. Older individuals have a reduced ability to produce melatonin.
The relationships of endocrine rhythms, mood, sleep and the biological effects
of light are complex. Since melatonin secretion declines with age, many researchers
believe that it may help prevent age-related and free radical mediated brain damage.
The melatonin corticoid relationship has significance since chronic hypercortisolemia
has been associated with age related deterioration of the brain (including Alzheimer's
disease), glucose intolerance, arteriosclerosis, impaired immune function and
cancer. Melatonin appears to mediate the entire aging process.
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As a dietary supplement, take one capsule near bedtime with water.
Capsule may be opened and the contents divided over several evenings, if desired.
Serving size: 1 Capsule (180 capsules per bottle)
Melatonin: 3mg (Minimum purity of 99%)
White Rice Flour and Gelatin (capsule).
No Soy, Yeast, Wheat, Corn, Gluten, Milk, preservatives
If you are under medical supervision seek the advice of your physician or health care professional prior to use.
Individuals with auto-immune conditions, depressive disorders,
those taking sedatives or corticosteroid drugs, or pregnant
or lactating women, should consult their physician prior to use.
This product may cause drowsiness. Do not operate vehicle or heavy machinery following consumption of melatonin. Keep out of reach of children.
*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.