A natural supplement to 1) reduce age-related bone loss, 2) help you sleep at night (non habit forming) 3) fights cancer and is pennies per pill??? Melatonin also helps reduce tinnitus but that’s another blog post.
As a long-term cancer survivor I’ve taken melatonin for years to help me fall asleep. Cancer therapies and side effects often make it difficult for me to sleep at night. I learned early on that certain cancer therapies reduced bone strength too. I also learned early on that research studies indicated that melatonin reduced the risk of cancer too.
Now I find a study documenting that my melatonin supplementation is making my bones stronger.
I take Life Extension Melatonin (1mg) for several reasons. First of all, this brand has been tested and approved by ConsumerLab.com, an independent testing service. Secondly, small dose of melatonin allow me to change the frequency and dose.
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“Previous studies have shown that mel, an anti-oxidant molecule secreted from the pineal gland, is a positive regulator of bone mass. However, the potential effects of mel on bone mass have never been investigated in an old population. The aim of this study was to assess the effects of dietary mel supplementation on mass accrual and biomechanical properties of old rat femora…
Rats treated with mel had higher bone volume, bone trabecular number, trabecular thickness, and cortical thickness in comparison to the control group. Histomorphometric analyses confirmed the increase of bone volume in mel-treated rats. In agreement with these findings, mel-treated rats showed higher bone stiffness, flexural modulus, and ultimate load compared to controls.
These compelling results are the first evidence indicating that dietary mel supplementation is able to exert beneficial effects against age-related bone loss in old rats, improving the microstructure and biomechanical properties of aged bones.”