Important information pertaining to the use of melatonin in children.
While we sleep our bodies produce a powerful hormone that regulates the release of other hormones which effects our weight, reproductive hormones and our circadian rhythm (determines our sleep times).
Melatonin, is a hormone and an antioxidant. The body uses this potent hormone to assist it in regulating sleep cycles, mood, weight loss and to determine menstrual cycles.
Melatonin has been proved by research to lessen the amount of time it takes for a person to fall asleep and combats symptoms of jet lag. It has been used to fight diseases like arthritis, cancer and heart disease. Current research has not proved or disproved the commonly held beliefs that melatonin cures any diseases, but more studies are being conducted by scientists on how melatonin effects human health.
Melatonin is not only produced naturally by our bodies while we sleep, but the powerful hormone is also available over the counter, in pill or capsule form, from your local grocery store.
Melatonin supplements should not be taken by children. Puberty can be delayed by the consumption of melatonin supplements by children. While we sleep, melatonin signals the release of other hormones which, in turn, regulates our reproductive hormones. Our bodies experience a significant rise in these hormones, which serve to signal the beginning of puberty in boys and girls. High levels of melatonin in the body disrupt the natural onset of puberty and can cause sleeplessness. Taking melatonin supplements will cause a serious imbalance in the number of hormones released during sleep. This can prevent puberty from beginning and other health problems as well in teenagers and children.
Melatonin can be used safely and effectively in the treatment of insomnia in adults. When used properly and by adults, melatonin can treat symptoms of jet lag. Further research is needed to discover the health benefits, if any, that melatonin supplements truly possess.