The Surprising Truth About America’s Most Popular Sleep Supplement
Americans are facing an epidemic of sleeplessness, and it’s killing us: Dr. Matthew Walker detailed in his book, “Why We Sleep,” the fact that insufficient sleep is linked to a range of health issues, including increased risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and weakened immune function. He also highlights the impact of sleep deprivation on mental health, with sleep disorders being strongly associated with conditions such as anxiety and depression.
As a result, many Americans are turning to melatonin, a hormone supplement to help them sleep. However, safety research is starting to come back with alarming news about the risks of the popular hormone supplement:
- Sleep-wake cycle disruption: When used inappropriately or at incorrect dosages, melatonin can disrupt the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, known as the circadian rhythm. This can lead to further sleep problems, weight gain, and a loss of the restorative effects of deep sleep.
- Hormonal effects: Melatonin is a hormone that can influence other hormones in the body. Prolonged or excessive use of melatonin supplements may potentially disrupt the normal production of hormones, including reproductive hormones.
- Drug interactions: Melatonin can interact with certain medications, including blood thinners, immunosuppressants, and birth control pills. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional if you are taking any medications to avoid potentially dangerous interactions.
- Dependence and tolerance: There is evidence to suggest that long-term use of melatonin can lead to dependence or a decreased response over time, meaning higher doses may be required to achieve the same sleep-inducing effects. In turn, this increases the risks of other side effects manifesting themselves.
- Poor quality control: In 2017, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that the content of most melatonin supplements varied widely from their label claims. True concentrations ranged from 83 percent less than to 478 percent more than the amount listed on the label. Moreover, most melatonin is produced in China with hard-to-validate safety data.
As a result of these human health concerns, melatonin is currently banned from over-the-counter sales in Europe, Japan, Australia, and Canada – yet it remains for sale on the US market despite the risk.
Fortunately, if you’re suffering from poor sleep, there are effective herbal remedies that can be taken to avoid the dangers of melatonin. Dr. Peter McCullough and his chief medical team at The Wellness Company designed a Restful Sleep Formula to give you the best night’s sleep of your life – without the use of the hormone melatonin.
In The Wellness Company’s Restful Sleep Formula you will find:
- Passion Flower to relax and promote an easy start to your sleep routine.
- Rafuma Leaf stabilizes the mind and prepares it for restful sleep.
- Kava mitigates the impacts of stress as you wind down.
- Chamomile for its time-tested properties of providing a gentle calming effect on the brain and body.
- Valerian Root to help reduce anxiety.
- Ashwagandha Root to help regulate the negative impacts of daily stress on your immune system.
People are saying about The Wellness Company’s Restful Sleep Formula:
“Product works well. Have been experiencing restful sleep and I’m dreaming again. This product allows me to wake up feeling rested, less anxious and I’m in a better mood throughout the day.”
“I have struggled for years with undulating sleep patterns and I refuse to take a pharmaceutical sleep solution so I have tried natural supplements. Nothing has ever worked until this formula… so gentle so lovely. Wake up every day refreshed and alert. I am so thankful to have found this.”
“For the first time in years, I am sleeping restfully, staying asleep and dreaming again…This product works great and unlike when I would take melatonin or other sleep aids, I don’t feel hungover when I wake up. It is everything they said it would be and I highly recommend trying it.”
“This sleep formula has a longer duration (6-8 hrs.) of sustained sleep than others I have used containing melatonin. I prefer a non-melatonin sleep aid…Take this product about 30-60 min. before retiring for the night. The experience with this company is top notch….from ordering on the Website, to customer support…all the way to shipping time and receiving your package in a well packed container…has been wonderful. Thank you to The Wellness Company!”
According to market research, purchasing all the components of the Restful Sleep Formula separately would cost almost $120 – but now, you can save 56% with the unique formulation in The Wellness Company’s Restful Sleep Formula.
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Erland, L. A., & Saxena, P. K. (2017). Melatonin natural health products and supplements: the presence of serotonin and significant variability of melatonin content. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 13(2), 275-281.
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Although Dr. McCullough’s sleep supplement may be well worth taking, too often these Wellness Company “articles” come across as nothing more than informercials.
So . . . if you buy this pricey supplement, I guess there’s *nothing* in it for the Wellness Company, is there? 😉
Melatonin has been freely available over the counter in Canada for many years.
I have the utmost respect for The Wellness Company and the dedicated, healthcare professionals who founded it. So much so that I’ll be joining soon to get help for my vaccine – injured father. That said, I would caution anyone reading this to take it with a grain of salt, as this is merely an unsigned marketing article that probably wasn’t written by anyone on the medical staff. While the contents seem accurate, though cursory, I’m concerned that this article may put people off taking melatonin who could seriously benefit from it. Though most people know it as a sleep aid, taken in very high dosages, melatonin has other health benefits. High-dose melatonin was part of my husband’s successful adjuvant cancer protocol, as prescribed by his naturopath. There is significant, exciting research into high-dose melatonin for it’s anti-cancer properties, and since the vaccines are thought to speed up cancer by suppressing the immune system, vaccinated people really need to know this. As with any supplement, or any drug, you must check for interactions with other things you may be taking, and you must evaluate the risks and benefits for your particular situation.
The disruption of circadian rhythm from taking melatonin at the wrong time makes sense, as does the possible problems with impurities.
You can obtain melatonin powder and use that to get rid of the other ingredients used in capsules and tablets which are much more likely to have impurities given their less controlled nature, for instance “rice powder.” which is used as a filler or flow agent in many supplement capsules.
As for the rest, if you are facing cancer then do yourself a favor and review the cancer prevention and treatment protocols of Dr. Frank Shallenberger MD that use high dosage melatonin and see what he has to say about the benefits and risks for that group. He routinely prescribes 180 mg before bedtime for cancer prevention and 180 mg to 360 mg spread throughout the day for treating cancer. These doses are far beyond the 1 mg to 3 mg doses that are commonly discussed for helping with getting to sleep. Research has shown that cancer cells exposed to significant melatonin levels do not behave like cancer cells, but more like normal cells. So the melatonin is basically preventing the cancer cells from being harmful like they usually would be during low melatonin periods such as daytime or if somebody is not careful to avoid nighttime problematic artificial light.
Also, before simply believing the other warnings here that seem to be in part a marketing piece for another sleep supplement, spend some time looking into the research of Dr. Russell Reiter and his associates who have been investigating melatonin for decades. He’s done many in-depth video and audio interviews and presentation that are easily found, or you can look up his scientific papers. He reports personally taking 50 mg to 100 mg of melatonin before bed for many years plus another 10 mg or so when he wakes up in the middle of the night. He’s still working and very sharp even in his 80s. He says this is very common among melatonin researchers to be taking such amounts given what they have learned. In one presentation, he even mentioned some diabetics are taking 1000 mg (one gram!) of melatonin per day.
Turns out that the vast majority, nearly all, of the melatonin made in the body is made by the mitochondria and has nothing to do with circadian rhythm when it is made this way. But if the mitochondria are broken, they cannot make it well or at all and this leads to serious health problems. Reiter has shown that melatonin from outside the cells can help jump start the mitochondria inside the cells to resume operating more normally, and has also shown there are transporters to get melatonin into cells and into mitochondria from outside the mitochondria. This seems to be a major factor in what Dr. Shallenberger sees in evidence that melatonin helps cancer patients.
Daily Clout I love your important work exposing the Pfizer documents. Please be mindful that ‘articles’ (marketing) like this dilutes your credibility to some. Please do not let cheap marketing tricks distract from the vital work you are doing.