The wonder of a melatonin supplement for you.

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP
Small clinical studies suggest that melatonin can have a brain-protective effect, even helping to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.  Animal studies have shown that it can help block the production of the amyloid plaque that gums up the neural machinery and can lead to Alzheimer’s.
Because melatonin shores up the mitochondria by helping clean up the waste products of energy production – and mitochondrial “dysfunction” helps drive neurological diseases – it may prove out as a therapy for a whole range of debilitating brain conditions.
Melatonin reduces brain inflammation, clears brain fog. Melatonin is a great kidney anti-oxidant. It is also fantastic for brain health, especially for people with mold illness. It goes into regions where mycotoxins are and detoxifies the brain, as well as the kidneys.
Melatonin is great for gut health.
Melatonin maintains gut health. Deficiencies in melatonin have been linked to increased permeability of the gut—the so-called "leaky gut" increasingly associated with a range of diseases. It encourages peristalsis, thus improving constipation.
Your heart on melatonin.
The cardiovascular system is a similar story. Studies have shown melatonin can improve the health of the heart vessels by helping to counter the effect of the free radicals which weaponize LDL cholesterol, causing it to form artery-clogging plaque. One interesting study showed it had a positive effect on the strength of the heart muscle, in patients with heart failure, a life-threatening weakening of the heart’s ability to pump blood.
Melatonin and the immune system.
For a number of years now, researchers have been looking at the contribution melatonin can make as a cancer fighter. It seems to work on two fronts, supporting the immune system’s battle against malignant cancer cells and softening the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
Melatonin’s potential role in helping to tame an out-of-control immune system has been highlighted during the pandemic. Integrative practitioners often recommend it to their patients for COVID protection, along with vitamin D, Quercetin, NAC and Zinc. The working theory is that it can help tamp down the immune’s system tendency to overreact to the virus, the so-called “cytokine storm” that can cause far more damage than the virus itself.
What isn’t it good for?
As an anti-inflammatory, melatonin shows promise as protection against metabolic problems like metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Ditto on issues involving the female reproductive tract, like endometriosis and PCOS.
There is less known about how supplemental melatonin might positively impact gut disorders but the potential is intriguing to say the least. Consider that cells in the gut naturally produce the hormone by breaking down the amino acid tryptophan, a supply that actually far outstrips what the pineal gland in the brain produces, even if it doesn’t seem to have a role in regulating our circadian rhythms.