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Jan 17, 2019

Topic - Melatonin

Melatonin is a powerful hormone that’s taken by two million American adults and five hundred thousand kids, yet it’s not regulated by the FDA. Many countries require a prescription, but not the US. The pros and cons seem to be about even, but research is limited and you have to ask yourself, “Can I live with the consequences?” It can disrupt conception, menstrual cycles and normal hormonal development, can lower body temperature leading to a wide variety of problems and worsen depression in dementia. While it can get you to doze off, you’re likely to have poor quality sleep. The positives include treating seasonal affective disorder, acting as an antidepressant, reducing ear ringing, improving sleep in those with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and protecting a sick or injured brain by reducing swelling. Consult with your doctor. Melatonin products vary greatly. Dosage and timing are critical.