Melatonin and its potential help for Ebola sufferers

IAS News 21 January 2015 | 0 Comments

Melatonin has long been linked to helping with sleep patterns, by keeping the circadian rhythm in check. However it does have several other beneficial uses that are rarely thought about. This particular blog will take a look at how it may help those who have been infected with the Ebola virus.

It is thought that many of the symptoms associated with Ebola can be targeted by melatonin; these include endothelial disruption, disseminated intravascular coagulation and multiple organ hemorrhage. The similarities between Ebola and septic shock have been noted for many years, and again melatonin has been shown to be beneficial in the treating of sepsis in many clinical and experimental studies.

Melatonin has strong antioxidant properties which is thought to be why it is such a good tool against sepsis, and associated multi organ failure in patients who are critically ill. Due to the damage from Ebola thought to be caused by a surge of immune and inflammatory responses to the virus, if these can be stopped or reduced then it is possible that some protection may be given against the damage caused by Ebola. By reducing complications such as organ failure, bleeding and shock, it is possible to it could reduce the mortality rate of the virus.

Considering the number of treatments for Ebola is currently very limited, while research and trials are being carried out on experimental products, it is thought that use of melatonin could be suggested. Due to its high availability, ability to be self administered orally, melatonin could potentially be a very useful product in the handling of Ebola cases.

Our Melatonin Zn-Se contains a unique combination of zinc and selenium and has been developed by Dr Walter Pierpaoli. It has been designed to replicate the exact night peak that would normally happen within your body and will leave you feeling refreshed and alert.

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