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A Discussion on Melatonin – Its Production, Utility and Availability

Melatonin, a natural substance produced in the human body, is the hormone that induces sleep. A lack of it leads a person to experience various sleep-related issues. Thus, as a measure to correct this anomaly, the medical industry successfully synthesized the compound from plant sources. It is now used as a food supplement to make up for the low hormonal level.

According to recent findings, unlike many other medicinal prescription drugs which are unfit for long term usage, you can safely take natural sleeping pills – based supplements for long term use. Read on to gather more related information.

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Everything You Need to Know about Melatonin

Produced by the pineal gland in the vertebrate brain, Melatonin is a hormone that regulates sleep cycles in humans and animals. As the night progresses, production of melatonin increases, and again decreases with the onset of dawn, thereby, controlling sleep.

Melatonin is available as supplements for those suffering from sleep disorders and is also present in some foods.

Everything you need to know about melatonin

When was it discovered?

Melatonin was discovered by Aaron B. Lerner, a professor of dermatology and some of his colleagues at the Yale University in 1958. Their primary objective was to find a compound in the pineal gland that can be used to treat skin diseases. They used cows as their test subjects for finding the hormone.

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