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Melatonin works in tandem with the pineal gland, the body’s regulator, to monitor and govern our other body systems—and offers benefits varying from age reversing, disease fighting, stress relieving to cycle restoring. When the pineal gland falters, whether the failure is due to a disruption in circadian cycles from jet lag, or the breakdown in pineal function due to aging, melatonin will help to boost our regulator back to its peak capacity. If the pineal gland is working well, so does the rest of the body. When the pineal gland is out of whack, it throws our other body systems off balance.

Without a doubt, the best melatonin is the homegrown variety—that is, the melatonin manufactured in our own body. But no matter how well the clock runs, eventually it runs down. Inevitably, as we grow older, our natural wellsprings of melatonin begin to dry up. The declining melatonin levels can, however, be overcome with oral supplements.

So when and how much melatonin do we need to take in order to get our body back in sync? The question of when we should take melatonin and how much to take will depend on the problem that we are seeking to correct.  The regimen for age-reversal is markedly different, for example, from curing jet lag or insomnia. In this section we will break down the guidelines for dosage information and instructions for taking melatonin according to each of the specific problem areas that melatonin addresses. (Although our main emphasis is on slowing the aging process, a brief reference is made to other important problems that melatonin is found to correct.)

But first, let us set some general guidelines and common sense precautions The recommendations are based on studies of how melatonin naturally works within our bodies. While some literature may recommend much larger doses than suggested here, it is generally believed that, to gain the optimal benefits of melatonin, more is not necessarily better We arc aiming to approximate the balance of hormone levels that naturally occurs when we are youthful and in our peak health. To artificially boost our melatonin level above that youthful level is not in keeping with our natural approach.

Bearing in mind that while the principle that overarches all of our thinking is to restore melatonin to our youthful level, we do not need melatonin supplementation for children. The reason is simple. In childhood melatonin production is already at its highest level and therefore it need not and should not. except in very special circumstances, be boosted higher.

It’s important to suggest against melatonin supplementation to women during pregnancy and lactation The reason for this is again very simple. In pregnancy, the mother is already naturally transmitting melatonin to the fetus via the placenta, and to increase the mother´s melatonin level would in turn increase the amount delivered to the fetus, which is something that should be avoided.