Melatonin as a miracle weapon in anti-aging?
Many people know melatonin primarily as so-called sleep hormone. In this context, it should also act as an anti-aging agent. A restful sleep in advanced age should keep you young. In addition, melatonin binds free radicals as an endogenous antioxidant and could thus counteract the biochemical aging processes in the body. However, the intake should never take place without medical consultation.
Healthy sleep as an anti-aging agent
The body’s own hormone melatonin is responsible for ensuring that the internal clock of the human being is ticking properly. If, for example, it is out of balance when traveling to other time zones, melatonin preparations can help in the event of a so-called jet lag to restore the correct sleep rhythm. However, the actual effectiveness of these hormone preparations is controversial, according to a report from the online pharmacy “Juvalis”, because studies come to conflicting results.
Accordingly, melatonin as an anti-aging agent is at least regarded with skepticism. A healthy sleep is also the focus here: people of higher age produce ever smaller amounts of this hormone. According to “Juvalis”, the melatonin level is only 10 percent of that at a young age from the age of 60. The result can be sleep disorders. The hormone preparations are intended to allow sufferers – similar to the jet lag – a healthy sleep rhythm, which has both a positive effect on the aging process of the skin and counteract memory problems.
Melatonin against oxidative stress
But as an antioxidant, scientists speculate, melatonin as an anti-aging agent may have a positive impact on the aging process. Free radicals in the body are considered an important cause of cell aging. Experts speak of oxidative stress in this context. The hormone melatonin has been shown in various studies to be effective against this oxidative stress. It is able to capture the free radicals. When binding free radicals, melatonin is said to have a similar effect to vitamin C – except that the hormone is about 50 times more potent. Melatonin has also been proven to boost the immune system, as reported in a report on anti-aging drugs.
Take hormones only after medical advice
With the help of melatonin preparations, it is possible to compensate for the declining hormone levels. Unlike in the United States, however, the hormone in Germany is not freely available, because there is no clear research on the safety of the preparations. Since you need a prescription from the doctor anyway, a detailed consultation is essential and absolutely recommended to ensure compatibility and to exclude interactions with other drugs. In Germany, melatonin is only available as part of the drug Circadin.