MELATONIN

Stefan Davies sdavies at sanger.otago.ac.nz
Thu Jun 5 17:37:30 EST 1997


On Thu, 5 Jun 1997, c scott wrote:

> can anyone give me some information on  melatonin,where  is it
> obtained from,I know it is the pineal gland ,but which plants etcwould
> it be obtained from,and is it's benefits as good,


Depending on which country you come from, you should be able to get 
melatonin at any pharmacy or "natural health" shops. In New Zealand at 
least, it is unregulated at present, despite being a hormone, and I think 
it may be the same situation in the USA.

As to its benefits however.... apart from some poularist books claiming 
that extra doses of melatonin can cure everything from ageing to cancer, 
i wouldn't be so sure. There are few conclusive studies out there in 
reputable scientific journals at the moment, and most is just 
unsubstantiated hype.

Rather than base anything on a book or media coverage, if you're really 
serious I suggest a lit. search for reviews on Medline or Current Contents.

Sceptically,






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