Ethics in Medicine

Melatonin: Potent Anti-inflammatory Agent

Kristen Sparrow • September 28, 2015
As followers of the blog know, I do not believe in popping pills for what ails you.  However, I think that melatonin as a sleep aid meets the challenge of having a very low risk to benefit ratio.  Sleep is so fundamental that a bit of melatonin now and then is “what the doctor ordered.”
According to this study, melatonin is also a potent anti-inflammatory agent.
“Since there is a direct relationship between chronic inflammation and many emerging disorders like cancer, oral diseases, kidney diseases, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal chronic diseases or rheumatics diseases, the aim of this review is to describe the use and role of melatonin, a hormone secreted by the pineal gland, that works directly and indirectly as a free radical scavenger, like a potent antioxidant. “