Melatonin is a neurohormone that is naturally produced in humans by the pineal gland, a cone shaped structure in the brain. It is a favorite of travelers, as it governs the body's circadian rhythms, helping to regulate our sleep cycles. Melatonin is also a potent antioxidant.
This sublingual form is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, via the blood vessels under the tongue and in the cheeks, bypassing the liver and allowing for quick entry into the system.
Melatonin is secreted by the pineal gland in the brain that helps regulate other hormones and maintains the body's circadian rhythm, as mentioned above. The circadian rhythm is an internal 24-hour time-keeping system that plays a critical role in determining when we fall asleep and when we wake up. Darkness stimulates the production of melatonin while light suppresses its activity. Exposure to excessive light in the evening or too little light during the day can disrupt the body’s normal melatonin cycles. For example, jet lag, shift work, and poor vision can disrupt melatonin cycles. In addition, some experts claim that exposure to low-frequency electromagnetic fields (common in household appliances), and exposure to close proximity electronic devices (smart phones, tablets) may disrupt normal cycles and production of melatonin.†
Melatonin also helps control the timing and release of female reproductive hormones. It helps determine when menstruation begins, the frequency and duration of menstrual cycles, and when menstruation ends (menopause).
Many researchers also believe that melatonin levels are related to the aging process. For example, young children have the highest levels of nighttime melatonin. Researchers believe these levels diminish as we age. In fact, the decline in melatonin may explain why many older adults have disrupted sleep patterns and tend to go to bed and wake up earlier than when they were younger. However, emerging research calls this theory into question.
In addition to its hormonal and sleep actions, melatonin has been shown to have strong antioxidant effects. Preliminary evidence suggests that it may also help strengthen the immune system.†
Although results are still controversial, studies suggest that melatonin supplements help induce sleep in people with disrupted circadian rhythms, jet lag, poor vision, and those with low melatonin levels. In fact, a few studies suggest that when taken for short periods of time (days to weeks) melatonin is significantly more effective than a placebo, or “dummy pill,” in decreasing the amount of time required to fall asleep, increasing the number of sleeping hours, and boosting daytime alertness.†
In addition, at least one study suggests that melatonin may improve the quality of life in people who suffer from poor sleep cycles. Although research suggests that melatonin may be modestly effective for regulating sleep, few studies have investigated whether melatonin supplements are safe and effective for long term use.
If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use melatonin without first discussing it with your doctor.
Capsules per Container: 200 Peppermint Sublingual lozenges, 1 mg
Serving Size: One (1) Lozenge
Servings per Container: 200
Supplement Facts for 1 mg Peppermint Sublingual
Serving Size: 1 tablet
Melatonin, 1 mg (†)
† Daily Value not established.
Other Ingredients: sorbitol, mannitol, natural peppermint flavor, stearic acid & magnesium stearate.
Suggested Use: 1 lozenge at bedtime. Do not take more than 5 tablets daily unless recommended by your physician. Place lozenge under the tongue and allow to dissolve slowly, altering the position of the tablet to avoid prolonged contact with the same area.
Warning: USE ONLY AT BEDTIME. For adult use only. Not for use by children, teenagers, or women who are pregnant, may become pregnant, or breastfeeding. If you are under medical supervision, or have an autoimmune disease, diabetes, a depressive disorder, a thyroid condition, epilepsy, leukemia, or a lymphoproliferative disorder, or are taking MAO inhibitor drugs or corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone or prednisone, consult with your physician before taking this product.
STORE IN A COOL, DRY PLACE.
Do not use if either tamper-evident seal is broken or missing. Keep out of the reach of children.
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