Melatonin supplements are pretty common. However, as with any supplement, sourcing matters. Animal-sourced melatonin can be problematic. Even the Mayo Clinic warns that animal-sourced Melatonin is more likely to be contaminated. Yet, despite the risk, it is sold in stores.
Although humans are mammals, we do not share everything in common with animals, and such should not be assumed in our medical treatments. For instance, Premarin is commonly prescribed as an estrogen replacement therapy, but it is not ideal for people. Sourced from the urine of pregnant mares, the horses are often treated inhumanely, and the final product is not even bioidentical for people. In fact, it can increase cancer risk.
The pineal gland is a good example of an instance where a different approach is needed. Though melatonin can be sourced from animals, the available pathways for serotonin to convert to melatonin are much fewer; also, these pathways cannot convert into other pathways. In plant-based sources, there are more melatonin-friendly pathways, and they can convert as needed.
Since melatonin is a hormone, hormone balance must also be considered. Otherwise, adding additional hormones could disrupt the other organs of the endocrine glands.
Melatonin is the second most popular supplement in the USA for children, and this possess a lot of concern for children. Their pineal glands may still be developing, and when giving melatonin from questionable animal or synthetic sources, there is a risk of potential environmental toxins within the melatonin being transferred into child’s pineal gland. This could disrupt the sensitive chemical balance of the individual.
Common side effects related to questionable quality melatonin supplements may include dizziness, nausea, muscle spasms, and nightmares. Uncontrolled melatonin can also undermine the effectiveness of blood pressure drugs and diabetes medication. If you have tried melatonin and have had side effects, it may not be from melatonin at all, but rather from the questionable sourcing of the melatonin used.
Serotonin and Melatonin are both neurotransmitters derived from the essential amino acid L-Tryptophan, found in protein. Because melatonin is a hormone, please make sure that you look for the "USP" verification on the label when purchasing a melatonin product. If it does not say USP on the label, the stated product is likely not in the bottle. This seal indicates that the product has been subject to voluntary testing and meets US Pharmacopeia Convention standards (meaning the product is accurately labeled and free of harmful substances).
Our Melapure Melatonin is sourced from fermented L-Tryptophan, which is sourced from organic, non-GMO sugar cane. It has the benefits of both the Tryptophan sourcing and the plant sourcing. Melapure Melatonin is manufactured with quality assurance and backed by clinical studies. This melatonin will not shut down your own production or add unknown toxins, as animal or unknown synthetic melatonin may.
With over 10 years of experience, Bond Consulting is a leader in the SR&ED industry. The SR&ED program is designed to support innovative companies with cash reimbursements from the Canadian Government due to their private R&D efforts. (www.bondconsulting.ca)