Anti aging guide

Melatonin and Anti-Aging



Why melatonin is one of the best-selling anti-aging drugs and the effects of it in treating aging?

This stuff certainly got its 15 minutes of fame, though experts on aging say that melatonin inspires more claims than scientific data and more sarcasm than discussion. Yet melatonin is still one of the best-selling anti-aging drugs.

The biological modulator melatonin is produced by the pineal gland in the brain. The concentration of melatonin is high during darkness and low during daylight.
Generally, production of melatonin wanes with age and this may be one of the reasons why older people suffer more frequently from insomnia.

Supporters of melatonin claim that it helps in immunity problems, cancer and depression. Low melatonin levels and increased breast cancer risk do go hand in hand. Melatonin stops oestrogen binding to the receptors on the cell membrane and that is the reason why it is thought to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

The only widely known effects of melatonin are two:

  1. an improvement in sleep
  2. control of jet lag

Supporters also claim that melatonin is an antioxidant and a general anti-aging factor, but while there has been some positive research in mice, this has not yet been proven in humans.

The average dose is 1-3mg at bedtime.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - April 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm