Origin: Supplements or food sources such as tart cherries, corn, asparagus, tomatoes, pomegranate, olives, grapes, broccoli, cucumber, rice, barley, rolled oats, walnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds, mustard seeds, and flaxseed.
Also Known As: N-acetyl-5-methoxy tryptamine
Overview: Melatonin is a natural hormone made by your body’s pineal (pih-knee-uhl) gland. During the daytime hours the pineal gland is inactive. When darkness occurs the pineal is turned on and the body begins to actively produce melatonin which is then released into the blood. Once this action takes place the environment for sleep becomes very inviting. It has been shown to help improve sleep as well as shorten the time it takes to fall asleep and reduce the number of awakenings while one is sleeping.
- Regulation of the sleep-wake cycle
- Treating sleep disorders
- Fighting free radicals
- Increasing human growth hormones in men
Common Dosage: 1 mg to 3 mg per day