Italian researchers recently uncovered a significant link between melatonin and the onset of menopause.
Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain and is most well known for its sleep promoting effects.
The researchers found that 3 mg of melatonin given each night for 6 month restored menstrual cycles and fertility in perimenopausal women and menopausal women. The researchers concluded, “The six-month treatment with melatonin produced a remarkable and highly significant improvement in thyroid function, positive changes of reproductive hormones toward more juvenile levels and abrogation of menopause-related depression.”
These are fascinating findings because through the use of melatonin we are allowing the body to correct its own hormone imbalances. A side benefit of melatonin is it appears to decrease the risk of breast cancer and may in fact be a helpful tool in the treatment of existing breast cancer.