Nerve protecting benefits of melatonin
by Newsletter Editor
Certain nerve conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS) involve cell damage from high levels of inflammation. In this study, 16 people with gradually worsening MS who were not taking any immune system medications, hormones, or vitamins, took 10 mg of melatonin per day, as did 13 similarly-aged healthy people. After 30 days, a sign of antioxidant activity increased twice as much in the MS group as in the healthy group, and a measure of oxidative cell damage did not change in the healthy group, but declined by 15 percent for those with MS. The nerve-protecting benefits of melatonin may help treat those with MS, doctors said.
Reference: Journal of Neuroimmunology; 2013, Vol. 257, No. 1-2, 97-101