Drinking the nighttime milk of cows may help insomniacs fall asleep. A German firm has recently patented a new milk product, which it claims contains high levels of sleep-regulating hormone melatonin, ABC News reports.
After years of research, Nightmilk Crystals` inventor Tony Gnann says his studies show that giving cows different care and milking them during the middle of the night changes the level of nocturnal melatonin in their blood and the milk they produce. Melatonin, which is widely available without a prescription in the US, is under much stricter restrictions in Europe where it`s only available at pharmacies. The hormone is naturally produced by the body and used by the brain to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. Doctors often recommend supplements of melatonin for people who have jet lag or work odd shifts. "Melatonin won`t make you sleepy, but will help you fall asleep if your body clock is out of sync," said David Schulman, a doctor at the Emory University sleep laboratory in Atlanta. Meanwhile, consumer watchdog groups have questioned the company`s science, saying a person would have to drink an impossible amount of the milk product to see results. Schulman also has concerns about the dose size. The average recommended dose of melatonin is three milligrams, far more than a person would get from the 1,800 picogram dose of the Nightmilk Crystal supplement. "I`d be surprised if this small a dose did anything at all," Schulman said. ANI
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