What can Melatonin do for me?
By Shannon Bennett and Dr. Nicole Cain ND, MA
Are you on an antidepressant but have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Do you feel sleepy, suffer from brain fog, poor memory, and lethargy throughout the day?
If so, you might benefit from the safe, quick acting, and powerful antioxidant called melatonin.
Melatonin is a hormone secreted by a gland in your brain called the pineal gland when it is dark outside. Melatonin release is suppressed when it is light outside or when we are exposed to blue lights– television and phone screens for example.
Melatonin regulates your sleep wake cycle (circadian rhythm), and impacts your mood, and regulates many metabolic functions.
Melatonin is one of the 3 main nutrients depleted by the use of anti-depressants, like Prozac2,3, which is one of the main reasons you may be experiencing insomnia while taking your antidepressant.
In addition to regulating sleep and correcting jet lag, few people know of melatonin’s use as a powerful antioxidant in alternative treatments for cancer, aging and mental health.
Antioxidants are molecules that bind up all of the harmful free radicals circulating in our bodies, thus decreasing the damage caused by oxidation in our cells. To explain oxidation in a little more detail: Oxidation is the reaction occurring when your half-eaten apple turns brown, when a car rusts and oxidation is the cause or consequence in some diseases. Other common antioxidants include vitamins A, C, and E, n-acetylcysteine and selenium.
Melatonin helps your body regulate hormones, controls irritable bowel, and combats brain fog, difficulty focusing and poor concentration.
Interestingly we see a link between melatonin and the neurotransmitter dopamine. In making dopamine, your brain needs adequate amounts of melatonin. Therefore if you suffer from ADD/ ADHD or any other issues with focus and attention, you might be deficient in melatonin.
Melatonin is particularly important if you’re a busy, over-worked, over-stressed individual. At this point, you’re probably thinking this supplement should be added to your daily regimen. If you’re one of the 11% of Americans on antidepressants1, you’ll be glad to know that this vital hormone is not going to cause any interactions with your bottled sunshine. In fact, it may benefit you even more than the antidepressant alone.
As mentioned above, Melatonin is also a major building block for the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine. These neurotransmitters happen to be primarily involved in mood regulation, response to stressors and our overall ability to adapt easily and thrive in life.
How good does that sound? To not just survive in life but to THRIVE?
The regulation of these neurotransmitters is intricately involved in the treatment of depression, anxiety and other mental health-related disorders4. Serotonin is the target for SSRIs, impacting the amount available for your body’s use.
- Your antidepressant may be depleting your body of melatonin.
- Melatonin dysregulation leads to insomnia
- Melatonin is a safe, effective, natural and powerful alternative to medications in helping you sleep again.
- As an extremely powerful antioxidant, melatonin heals the brain!
- Melatonin prevents neurdegenerative disorders, for example alzheimers.
- Melatonin is needed to make dopamine which is the first line treatment in ADHD/ ADD
At Natural Mental Health Supplements we are passionate about creating solutions to the mental health crisis that is occurring in the United States.
By helping one person at a time, one nutrient at a time, we hope to change the world. Step by step. By helping you get on the road to a new life, we know that you will positively impact those around you, and then those around you will impact the world around them.
Our mission is to EMPOWER you in taking back your health.
Antidepressant Companion was specifically formulated to compliment antidepressants as they are working in your body. It does this by providing therapeutic dosages of quality Melatonin to counteract and decrease the negative effects of this known depletion.
Speak with your healthcare provider today about using Antidepressant Companion on your journey to a healthy, and well-rested life!
- Br J Psychiatry. 1995 Feb;166(2):196-8. Effect of fluoxetine on melatonin in patients with seasonal affective disorder and matched controls. Childs PA1, Rodin I, Martin NJ, Allen NH, Plaskett L, Smythe PJ, Thompson C.
- Psychoneuroendocrinology. 1995;20(7):763-70. Plasma melatonin and cortisol circadian patterns in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder before and after fluoxetine treatment. Monteleone P1, Catapano F, Tortorella A, Di Martino S, Maj M.