Melatonin is naturally produced in the pineal gland at the base of the brain. This hormone is essential to three common and inevitable elements of life, namely: energy, sleep, and unfortunately, aging. Melatonin is produced in the pineal from serotonin. When it gets dark, the pineal gland, which is very sensitive to light, begins to convert the neurotransmitter serotonin into the hormone melatonin.
Melatonin helps us get a normal night’s sleep so we can wake up refreshed, alert and energized. It also benefits the immune system helping to promote tissue repair and healing during sleep. Unfortunately, as we age, we produce less melatonin, which means we often have a more difficult time sleeping and healing.
Melatonin can be taken orally to help promote a restful night’s sleep. Its primary uses are to help restore normal sleep rhythms from jet lag and sleep disorders. It can also help with nicotine withdrawal. It may also be helpful for the immune system and brain function.
Melatonin has also been used with Alzheimer’s disease, depression, circadian rhythm disorders in the blind, tinnitus, delayed sleep phase syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and migraines.
It may or may not be helpful for these particular conditions, but it can definitely be helpful for promoting normal sleep when sleep cycles are disturbed.
Melatonin Extra is a unique formula containing melatonin, vitamin E, ginkgo leaves and eleuthero root. The contents of this formula are detailed below:
This vitamin can be found in those leafy green vegetables we often use to make salads. It’s also present in whole wheat, but degrades quickly after wheat has been ground into flour.
Vitamin E can be helpful for scar reduction as it helps tissues to heal. It is a fat-soluble antioxidant that prevents oils and fats from oxidizing. This makes it useful for protecting brain tissue, which is primarily composed of fats. It helps avert and fight many diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, night cramps and restless leg syndrome.
Vitamin E is also beneficial in more everyday issues like improving physical stamina, energy levels, preventing allergies and slowing aging. Vitamin E is used topically to treat dermatitis, aging skin, ganualoma annulare, and protecting skin from ulceration from chemotherapy drugs.
Ginkgo Leaves (Ginkgo biloba)
Ginkgo trees are planted for their beauty and their ability to successfully grow in polluted areas. The seeds of the tree are considered quite the delicacy in Japan and China. The leaves of the tree are like small wide fans and have been used in cosmetics but the leaves have also been put to use medicinally.
When taken orally, Ginkgo is good for treating several forms of dementia, headaches, tinnitus, vertigo, sexual dysfunction and ADHD. It helps improve concentration, sleep patterns, regulation of gastric acidity, gallbladder function, and the control of blood pressure. It is very useful for normalizing brain function.
Eleuthero Root (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
The Eleuthero plant hails from southeastern Siberia and the Korean peninsula and has since adapted to the more western world, including the northwestern USA. The plant has been a part of traditional Chinese medical practices since 190 AD. It’s popularity and use spread after it was found to be an adaptogen, helping the body to deal with stress.
Eleuthero is capable of increasing concentration and focus without a slump in energy that you might experience with coffee or other caffeinated stimulants. It is used to reduce the output of stress hormones, which can help you to relax and get a better night’s sleep. Eleuthero has been used to help normalize blood pressure, boost the immune system, increase energy and improve stamina, while reducing anxiety and stress.
The suggested use of Melatonin Extra in adults is one capsule just 30 minutes before going to bed. This dose should be administered daily, always 30 minutes before bed, and should be followed by an 8 ounce glass of water.
Cautions: This product should not be used by children, teenagers, pregnant women, or lactating women. Do not take this product while driving or operating other machinery. Taking this product during the daytime may cause drowsiness. Follow suggested use and only take Melatonin Extra at bedtime. Melatonin is safe for short-term use, but no studies exist indicating its safety for long-term use. This product is best used for jet lag, disrupted sleep patterns and occasional insomnia.
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