If you want to know something more about melatonin and its side effects, read the following article. Melatonin is a hormone naturally produced in mammals and plants. In humans, this hormone production reaches its peak by the middle of the night, and then slowly decreases. It also has a role in helping antioxidant activities inside a human body. It has many other functions that make this hormone very important.
Side Effects of Melatonin
According to some researches, there are no such foods that can increase melatonin levels in a human body but there are supplements that can be consumed in these purposes. Although there are not so many side effects reported, sometimes they can occur. This rarely happens in healthy people (in condition that melatonin is consumed in appropriate doses and not for too long). Side effects are unlikely to occur in healthy users if they consume it for less than three months.
However, if melatonin is used for more than three months and/or in higher doses than recommended, there can be side effects like nausea, dizziness, headache, abdominal cramps, sleeping disorders and blood flow reduction. In some cases there can be fluctuations in hormone levels. People who drive or are engaged in doing any work that requires full concentration and fast physical reaction should not perform these activities if consuming melatonin.
Persons with low blood pressure and other cardiovascular issues may have these symptoms worsened if using supplements of melatonin. People who suffer from depression may also have their condition worsened if taking melatonin. In persons with liver problems melatonin can also cause adverse effects.
Reported melatonin side effects include headaches, nausea, depression, nightmares and vivid dreams, irritability, abdominal cramps and dizziness. Melatonin can also affect sex drive. Being a hormone, it can affect other hormones in human body. Do not take this hormone without previous talk to your physician.