Action News vol 10 no 2, June 2010, ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News (ISSN 1440-0561)
The Journal of The LEAD (Lead Education and Abatement Design) Group Inc.
Nutrition to Fight Lead Poisoning
Robert J. Taylor, additional references sourced by Elizabeth O’Brien,
Edited by Anne Roberts,
Melatonin has been shown in animal studies to reduce the impact of lead induced anaemia. It can also protect the brain, liver and kidneys from some lead induced damage. As a key sleep regulator melatonin in significant quantities will increase drowsiness with all the attendant risk if operating machinery. Supplemental melatonin should be taken shortly before bedtime at a consistent time to avoid disrupting your body clock.
It is manufactured inside the brain from the amino acid tryptophan, and as with most molecules manufactured and regulated by the body, the exact relationship between dietary melatonin or melatonin precursors and serum melatonin cannot be said to be transparent. Melatonin is found in small quantities some seeds (White & Black mustard, Wolf berry, fenugreek, sunflower, fennel and alfalfa) and tart cherries, particularly Montmorency.
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