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Melatonin lowers cholesterol

Melatonin is a naturally-occurring hormone in the body best known for regulating the natural sleep-wake cycle.Recent research has expanded to include cognitive, musculoskeletal, and metabolic health.

In this review, doctors analyzed findings from eight placebo-controlled trials of melatonin and lipids covering people aged 16 to 74. Overall, those taking melatonin saw an average reduction in total cholesterol of 18.48 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL), and 31.54 mg/dL lower triglycerides. The best results occurred in studies lasting at least eight weeks that used doses of melatonin of at least 8 mg per day.

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