Melatonin: A Helpful Hormone

Melatonin is a helpful hormone, produced in the pineal gland. Generally speaking , it is the natural sleeping solution.  However, there are more benefits to this hormone that can support your health and well being.

Heartburn

Melatonin has the remarkable ability to subdue stomach acid and consequently guard the esophagus. This process prevents the effects of gastric acid in the stomach.  In a recent study a number of heartburn patients received Prilosec and the same number received melatonin in addition to vitamin B.  After a week,  the patients given melatonin experienced improvement. Subsequently, after 40 days the same group experienced complete recovery.  On the other hand, only 66% of the Prilosec patients experienced recovery.

Migraines

This hormone also reduces the frequency of migraine attacks. A study in Neurology cited a study of migraine patients  given 3 mg of melatonin ½ hour before bed.  After three months 78 % of those patients experienced a reduction in the frequency of migraine episodes by 50%.. None of the participants reported an increase in migraine headaches.

Diabetes

Studies prove that low levels of this hormone at night increases the risk of diabetes.  Case in point,  this hormone enhances insulin balance.  It also protects the destruction of insulin cell generation in the pancreas. As a result , this hormone can treat pre diabetes, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome.

PMS

Studies show that women who suffer from PMDD, an austere form of PMS, also suffer from low levels of melatonin.  In this case, treating PMS with melatonin can bring relief from debilitating symptoms. Melatonin has also been proven to treat menopause and perimenopausal symptoms


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