Melatonin is a natural hormone nutrient that is synthesized from the amino acid tryptophan by the pineal gland in the back of the brain. In the body, melatonin appears to regulate sleep/wake cycles, support normal immune function, and protect cells from free radical damage.
Most of the research on melatonin has focused on its role in maintaining normal sleep/wake rhythms. The perception of daylight in the eyes is a signal for the pineal gland to inhibit melatonin synthesis and release. At night or in the dark, the body’s melatonin production rises. The rise in plasma melatonin is thought to be responsible for bringing on sleep. Nocturnal melatonin production is highest in children and begins to decline from adolescence or until it is virtually absent in the elderly.
Melatonin is considered a potent antioxidant that enters all body cells to help prevent free radical damage. In the brain, melatonin is perhaps the most important physiological antioxidant. Due to its lipid and watersoluble properties, it can freely cross the blood-brain barrier.
The liposomal liquid delivery system used for Melatonin Liposomal Spray allows for flexible, convenient dosing of melatonin to address individual requirements. Liposomal technology helps to maintain the benefits of melatonin by protecting it from the degradative environment of the stomach. This aspect is especially beneficial for patients who have gastro-intestinal dysfunction. Liposomal encapsulation of nutritional ingredients represents a unique delivery system that appears to offer important advantages over existing methods of delivery.