Natural Multivitamin: Melatonin

In the world of natural multivitamin we seldom see melatonin incorporated into the formulation – and we should not.  Melatonin is a hormone used to reset one’s biological clock.  That is why frequent flyers often use melatonin between time zones.  One of the biggest misconceptions is using melatonin as a sleeping pill.  It really does not do this; however, it will help reset one’s biological clock so one can sleep.  For example, let’s say you go to bed on average at 11:00 but for several weeks due to an illness and some family issues you start going to bed much later.  Once your life returns to normal, you find yourself failing to go to asleep and you are restless.  Natural Biology suggest you try 3mg of melatonin 1 hour before the time you want to go to bed.  If you need something to help your further relax – take 500-1000mg of L-Tryptophone (make sure it is pharmaceutical grade like the one at Natural Biology).

Natural Biology often sees improved sleep when people take EVEREST Earth & Sea Formula – and sometimes find melatonin not necessary.  There is something to the practical process of balancing one’s body and mind with natural vitamins in this ultimate natural multivitamin that helps in all body functions including sleep and rest.

Melatonin May Help Prevent Glaucoma - a common cause of blindness

Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness in the United States. It is often, but not always, associated with increased pressure of the fluid in the eye, known as intraocular pressure. One person may develop nerve damage at a relatively low pressure, while another person may have high eye pressure for years and yet never develop nerve damage.

Melatonin is a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland in the brain. For years, scientists have known that melatonin’s main function was in the control of our sleep patterns. However, more recent research has revealed that it also functions as an important antioxidant. After puberty melatonin output begins a gradual steady decline. Adults experience about a 37 percent decline in daily melatonin output between the ages of 20 and 70 with the majority of the decline occurring after age 40.

A study conducted at the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany reviewed the most important and clinically relevant publications to determine the possible role of melatonin in the treatment of glaucoma. The researchers found that melatonin is involved in the pathophysiology of circadian desynchronization, sleep disorder, and depression and that an impairment of photo-dependent melatonergic signaling may be a common pathway connecting glaucoma with these comorbidities. The authors stated “This fact, as well as the proven retinal neuroprotective role of melatonin, suggests that melatonergic drugs provide a potentially promising treatment strategy supplementing the management of intraocular pressure by pharmacological and surgical measures.”1

1 Agorastos A, Huber CG. The role of melatonin in glaucoma: implications concerning pathophysiological relevance and therapeutic potential. J Pineal Res. Jan2011;50(1):1-7.

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