Did You Know Sleeping pill sales increased by 23% from 2006-2010 and generated about $2 billion in annual sales. Sleeping pills (including Ambien and Restoril) are linked to a 4.6 times higher risk of death and a significant increase in cancer. Among patients who were prescribed just 1-18 sleeping pills per year, the risk of death was 3.6 times higher. Rates of new cancers were 35% higher among patients who were prescribed at least 132 doses a year, compared with those who did not receive prescriptions.
Source: BMJ Open, March 2012
Melatonin – The Superior Antioxidant And Natural Alternative to Dangerous and Addictive Sleeping Pills
Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain. The neurotransmitter tryptophan is a precursor. It is a superior antioxidant that also helps restore sleeping patterns.
The NIH (National Institute of Health) has found that generally, administering 0.5 to 50 mg of Melatonin can help an individual fall asleep. Some studies suggest sleep latency (the time it takes to fall asleep) is reduced when Melatonin is taken 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime. This is true for adults over 18.
William from Iowa writes:
“I take it for its antioxidant value and it also helps me to get a good night’s sleep.”
Low levels of Melatonin in humans have been associated with depression, fibromyalgia, insomnia, some seizure disorders, and other conditions.
Fortunately, Melatonin supplements can safely and effectively restore balance to the body’s circadian rhythm of this important hormone—helping achieve a restful night’s sleep and keeping your biological clock ticking throughout a long, healthy life span.
Melatonin is a powerful and versatile antioxidant produced within the body. Melatonin protects both lipids and proteins against damage, and can scavenge some of the most dangerous free radicals in the body—including hydroxyl radicals and hydrogen peroxide.
Unlike other antioxidants, Melatonin easily diffuses into all cells, and even crosses the blood-brain barrier to protect the delicate brain.
Unfortunately, levels of naturally produced Melatonin decline with advancing age, leaving older adults with limited antioxidant protection against conditions associated with oxidative stress.
Let’s Talk Health offers Melatonin in two versions: 3 mg capsules for the regular user and our 50 mg liquid we call Super Melatonin – for the person who has had this dosage suggested by their doctor because of special circumstances or for the convenience of varying the dosage (1 drop = 3 mg).