On Friday, we looked at a study that showed how getting to bed early and getting out of bed early is one of the surest ways to avoid depression. But what if you just can't get to sleep that early? Well, there's a great solution - and this solution provides additional help for depression
The solution isn’t a secret to you - it’s melatonin. But the dose you should be taking is probably the bigger surprise. Most people - doctors included - will recommend 3-6 mg daily. Some might even go as high as 9 mg taken 30 minutes before bedtime. But what if I told you the dose needs to be closer to 60 mg daily? And maybe even more.
I told you a few months ago about the incredible research going on right now that’s showing how higher doses of melatonin can help you avoid cancer and a host of other illnesses. But now research says it can help you avoid depression too.
This study was interesting because it looked at sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, and cognitive function in women with breast cancer. Women with breast cancer suffer disproportionate rates of these issues because of their treatments, their hormone changes caused by the treatment, and the challenges of the disease.
What’s more, women with breast cancer often can’t take antidepressants because they can interfere with their chemotherapy treatments. So the researchers wanted to know if melatonin could help with any or all of the issues the women faced in their treatment.
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The authors of the study noted: “Animal studies have shown that the maximum dose given in vivo, without any adverse effects or death, is 200 mg/kg for pregnant rats throughout the whole pregnancy and 800 mg/kg for mice. The drug has been used in many clinical studies of both adults and newborns without serious adverse effects. Doses of 1,000 mg daily for one month have been given, and the only reported adverse effect was drowsiness. In a recent systematic review, the most often reported side effects were headache, dizziness, nausea, and drowsiness.”
As you can see, melatonin is incredibly safe - even at extremely high doses. And it’s effective. Not only did the melatonin help the women sleep significantly better (no surprise there), but it also helped them avoid depression. According to the authors, “Melatonin significantly reduced the risk of depressive symptoms in women with breast cancer during a three-month period after surgery.” It also reduced their anxiety levels and their cognitive dysfunction.
Melatonin is one of the most important nutrients you can take, regardless of whether you have breast cancer of not. It can help fight the cancer - or prevent it if you don’t have it now. It can help you avoid heart problems, depression, cognitive issues, and anxiety. But to see these results in a big way, you have to take a big dose - at least 60 mg daily.
Most melatonin products come in a 3 mg size. To take 60 mg, you’d have to take 20 tablets. Fortunately, there is a way to get 60 mg in just one tablet. The only 60 mg product I’m aware of is available by following this link.
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Steve Kroening, ND.
Obayashi, K., K. Saeki, et al. "Physiological Levels of Melatonin Relate to Cognitive Function and Depressive Symptoms: The HEIJO-KYO Cohort." J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015 June 8:jc20151859.