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Melatonin Is Not Just For Sleep Anymore
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Melatonin is a hormone produced by the Pineal gland in the brain and is the bodies internal sleep aid. For optimum benefit Melatonin Supplements should be taken 1 half hour to 2 hours prior to going to bed. Even though the human body creates Melatonin, Exercise can inhibit the secretion. This shows that it is more beneficial to workout in the morning rather than at night if you want to benefit from from naturally occurring Melatonin. Daylight captured through the retina also suppresses the secretion of Melatonin.

Most Melatonin Supplements come in 3 or 5 mg tablets. I have difficulty sleeping because of insomnia issues so I take anywhere between 15 to 20 mg's before bedtime. However, I do wake up groggy but it's a price I pay for a solid nights sleep. I also need to exercise right away in the morning so I can be fully awake before going to work. When taking melatonin try the prescribed or recommended dosage and overtime adjust as needed. Increased Melatonin levels have not been proven toxic but caution should be taken when using any supplement.

New studies are showing that Melatonin Supplements may have stronger Antioxidant power than vitamins C and E. melatonin can prevent oxidation (Free Radicals) from occurring, lesson Hypertension,Heart Attack, improve memory and cognitive function. Melatonin also may have some similar anti-aging effects and benefits on the body like HGH and DHEA which are body produced growth hormones. Remember as noted earlier, Melatonin is a hormone. I will save the descriptions and benefits of HGH and DHEA for another article.

Here are some ways to maintaining healthy levels of naturally occurring Melatonin.

Eat regular meals. Melatonin has a natural rythem and adjusts to routines.

Reduce the portion size of any food intake prior to bedtime. Digestive problems such as GERD and occasional heartburn can inhibit a good nights rest.

Avoid stimulants in the evening. Soda pop, energy drinks, coffee and other caffiene related products can inhibit the secretion of Melatonin.

Remember to exercise in the morning or mid-day. I know that this isn't possible for everybody because of our hectic and busy lifestyles. Try to fit workouts on your days off and in the morning on work days.

Sleep disorders such as insomnia may not be related to low levels of Melatonin secretion. Caffiene or medications may be a factor. Always consult with your Physician prior to taking Melatonin Supplements and other Healthy Nutrition Supplements for Life. Remember; Melatonin is not just for sleep anymore.


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