Melatonin for Mild Cognitive Impairment

Health Tips / Melatonin for Mild Cognitive Impairment

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I doubt the subscription list of the Journal of Pineal Research is significantly beyond the high two digits, but it did contain the following nugget.

In a clinical study, researchers divided into two groups 50 middle-aged and older adults who had reported mild cognitive impairment, also known as brain fog.

The first group took an average of 6 mg of melatonin at night. The second group took a placebo.

In case you’re wondering why this article appeared where it did, your body produces its own supply of melatonin in your brain’s pineal gland.

Back to the study: at the end of approximately one year, both groups were given a variety of psychological tests, for both mental status and depression. The melatonin users scored significantly higher than the placebo groups in all tests, allowing the researchers to conclude that melatonin seemed a safe and reasonable add-on therapy for conditions where cognitive decline was an issue.

Melatonin is readily available at drug stores and we carry it here. Please be aware, however, that melatonin causes sleepiness and thus should be taken only at bedtime