The Many Benefits of Melatonin Supplements

Sleep, Melatonin, SAD, Health

Your body naturally produces melatonin, a hormone, to help regulate your sleep and wake cycle. Usually, you produce melatonin at night when the sun sets, and production subsides as the sun rises.

But not everyone’s pineal gland is so efficient and regulated with producing melatonin. This can lead to insomnia or sleep disruptions. Taking melatonin supplements can help restore your melatonin regulation so you sleep more soundly.

A desire to sleep soundly isn’t the only reason you may benefit from melatonin. Melatonin regulates your body’s internal clock, along with your body temperature, blood pressure, and hormone levels.

At Active Future, we may recommend you take the supplement to reap numerous benefits.

Better sleep

A happy effect of melatonin is naturally regulated sleep. This can be especially valuable if you do a lot of international travel and suffer jet lag or are a night shift worker. Plus, people with a condition known as delayed sleep phase disorder who don’t usually fall asleep before 2 am also benefit.

Good sleep goes a long way in promoting your overall well-being. When you sleep well, you have more energy, better brain function, and improved hormone production.

Gut health

Researchers have found that melatonin is also present in the gut. Melatonin, in combination with other supplements, may help alleviate the symptoms of stomach ulcers and heartburn.

Eye health

Melatonin has antioxidant benefits that can positively affect the health of your eyes and your eyesight. You can discourage the development of macular degeneration because the hormone protects your retinas from decline.

Bone marrow

Some melatonin is present in bone marrow, which means it moves throughout the whole body and may have systemic effects. Evidence suggests melatonin has positive effects for those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), and high blood pressure at night.

Ear ringing solution

Tinnitus, or chronic ear ringing, can be annoying and distressing. The condition can interfere with sleep and concentration. Melatonin has been shown to reduce symptoms of ear ringing so people with the condition sleep better.

Growth hormone production

You produce growth hormone in the pituitary gland. Growth hormone is produced in large amounts in your youth, especially when you sleep, but production slows as you age. By promoting good sleep, melatonin can spur the pituitary gland to produce more growth hormone and potentially fight the effects of aging.

Seasonal depression

If you experience mood changes as winter sets in — seasonal affective disorder (SAD) — you’re not alone. Approximately 20% of American adults feel depressed as the days grow shorter.

Because melatonin helps regulate your sleep cycle, it can also help with SAD and reduce symptoms that make your mood feel depressed.

At Active Future, we evaluate your health and recommend melatonin as part of a comprehensive wellness plan. Melatonin is a fabulous option to support your overall health because it has very few side effects and is absolutely natural. To learn if you can benefit from melatonin, how much you should take, and when you should take it, call our office to schedule a full consultation or book an appointment using this website.

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