Melatonin will help regulate your sleep so when you wake up, you’re ready to conquer your day!

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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.

To Summarize:

  • 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!  

References:

  1. http://www.businessinsider.com/countries-largest-antidepressant-drug-users-2016-2
  2. http://pennstatehershey.adam.com/content.aspx?productId=107&pid=33&gid=000712
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

You are not Alone

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Believe it or not, you are not alone. You have struggled with depression, and have felt the most alone you have ever felt in your life, but you are actually in good company. With 25% of the American population struggling with some type of mental health condition, you actually have over 77 million people with you. They get how you feel, and so do we.

You are also not alone in feeling side effects from your medications. If you are lucky, you are among the two-thirds of people who take antidepressants and see improvement. However there is a trade off.  Over forty percent of people who get some relief from depression with their antidepressants end up experiencing side effects. The most common ones we hear from our patients include insomnia, low libido and weight gain. And there is evidence in the scientific literature to back up what you are feeling. (1). So you may have some relief of your depression (or complete relief), but now you have to deal with increased weight, difficulty sleeping, and low libido. Sometimes these side effects make people feel so frustrated that they feel it might even be better to deal with depression, so they stop their medications and suddenly get flooded with depression again. Sound familiar?

There is hope. You can feel better in you body and your mind. Millions have found relief in integrative approaches to mental health, whether it be through diet or with supplements. Our doctors have over a decade of experience in the study of nutrition and the brain and NMHS was created with the mission to help people finally find the relief they are looking for.

Antidepressant Companion was formulated specifically with you in mind. Packed full of nutrients that help get to the root of depression and anxiety, Antidepressant Companion contains specific vitamins, minerals, and herbs in their optimal dosages and forms. These ingredients will not only heal your brain, but it will also target the side effects of your medications. We have found that people who take Antidepressant Companion get better sleep, have more success in achieving their weight goals, and have a healthier sex life. Antidepressant Companion also increases the effectiveness of your antidepressant medication and may even help you to taper off.

There is hope. While you may feel alone and like you will never feel better, millions of people have experienced relief and so can you. Talk with your doctor about Antidepressant Companion today and get on the road to new life.

by Dr. Nicole Cain, ND MA 

Reference:
Elisa Cascade,corresponding author Amir H. Kalali, MD, and Sidney H. Kennedy, MD, FRCPC. Real-World Data on SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects. Psychiatry (Edgmont). 2009 Feb; 6(2): 16–18. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2719451/

 

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