Melatonin has been a trusted and well-known supplement for some decades now. But, heretofore its primary use has been to induce sleep. However, new research now suggests that the insomnia-fighter may be a useful adjunct in the treatment of human cancers. Cancers of the breast are specifically implicated, as clinical trials suggest the supplement has a role to play in impeding the growth of cancer cells and effectively mitigating the side effects of more conventional treatments. Data shows that by adding melatonin to tamoxifen, a standard treatment option for breast cancer, ups the inhibiting quality of either alone. In fact, the duo registered a combined impact against cancer cells that equaled 100 times what either agent could accomplish alone. Melatonin has an anti-estrogen effect, which may prove especially efficacious, as nearly two-thirds of breast cancers are growth sensitive to the hormone. Melatonin also shows promise as an adjunct to radiation, mitigating the side effects of the treatment.
- Some people are more prone to getting things like breast cancer simply due to genetics.
- Some individuals are known to do some crazy home remedies to avoid their chances of getting this.
- You know your body better than anyone and you decide what you put into your body.
“Studies show melatonin may also play a role in the fight against breast cancer.”