I’m not a medical professional, I’m more of a patient researcher. The information I preset here is gathered from other sources / medical research. It’s up to you to make your own decisions.
The theory we explore below is if Melatonin levels in children have a protective effect and if this benefit may be conferred to adults with supplementation – we will see what several authors say on the subject.
Update: Adding a new video from Dr. Ben Lynch on this topic:
According to the site inprovingyourodds.com,
” Recently it has been theorized that the reason why children under the age of 9 have been largely protected against COVID-19 is that they produce up to ten times the amount of melatonin than someone over age 60. “
They go on to state:
” . This is one of those supplements with a very strong safety record that may really show some benefit. It is thought that it works even better when the vitamin C blood levels are are good. We take vitamin C in the morning, try to eat at least one serving of low sugar fruit with lunch or dinner (as well as vegetables) and then take 3mg of melatonin right before bed. “
However multiple other sources have suggested potentially much higher doses of Melatonin be used
As we move on to what https://www.evolutamente.it/covid-19-pneumonia-inflammasomes-the-melatonin-connection/ states:
“Melatonin is the reason why children under the age of 9 seldom exhibit severe symptoms. In fact, children may exhibit mild or even no symptoms at all, even though they have been infected by SARS-CoV-2 . How significant is the difference in melatonin production between children, adults and the elderly?
For most people, peak melatonin production is between the hours of 2 am to 3 am. The maximum melatonin levels measured in healthy adults between the ages of 65 to 70 years appeared to be around 49.3 picograms/ml (pg/ml). Adults more than 75 years of age only have maximum production levels of 27.8 pg/ml . “
In terms of dosing this site suggest MUCh higher dosing than the first author proposed:
“Melatonin COVID-19 Infection Dosage: 5 milligrams to 50 milligrams
The lower range is for people with mild or no symptoms. The higher range is for older people or those with more severe symptoms.
IF you are taking ACE inhibitors, have cardiac conditions, hypertension, you need to consult your physician before taking high doses of melatonin. Melatonin may lower blood pressure and cause hypotension at higher dosages. “
As we visit https://drlindseyberkson.com/coronavirus-update-integrative-natural-answers/
This site reports:
“What’s a huge difference between youth and adults? The day and night sleep hormone, melatonin. Kids have a lot more melatonin.
The rise of melatonin starts in the third trimester of pregnancy and continues to be highest at ages one through five. Then melatonin blood levels start to slowly decline and become very low in the elderly. Low melatonin levels in adulthood cause many to suffer with insomnia. The most severe cases are in nursing homes where elders suffer with the “sun-downers” syndrome: they are awake at night and sleep during the day.””
The author points out:
” I have been using high-dose melatonin in breast cancer survivors for years. It tamps down the nasty actions of estrogen and acts like a natural aromatase inhibitor. So much so, a number of drug companies tried to get it added to pharmaceutical aromatase medications. This has become a well accepted functional oncologic protocol. So we know one can take high doses of melatonin safely. I wrote about melatonin’s amazing job descriptions in Safe Hormones, Smart Women. Now melatonin’s usefulness shines again. “
In terms of usage directions, they propose:
” Melatonin: 10 to 20 mg time-release for adults. Kids make their own. If your child gets ill with a documented case of coronavirus, ask your doctor about adding in 1 mg of melatonin to their mix. “
Commentary on the above:
I’ve always been an advocate of doing all we can to encourage the body to produce more melatonin naturally, however based on a variety of resources, it seems as though using supplementation for a while may be a wise consideration.
I question how well time release anything works for thyroid patients as we have seen over the years many report issues with time release medications, so consider if this is right for you. I will include one of these options at the bottom of the list of products I’ve explored.
At the moment, I’m leaning into the higher doses of Melatonin personally, in the 30-40mg range around age 40.
If you find other respectable resources on this topic, please comment below. Please remember many things related to this virus are speculative by professionals and there is much to learn still.
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