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Most Used Natural Products

1.3% of U.S. adults (3.1 million) used
melatonin

Melatonin use among adults in the United States more than doubled between 2007 and 2012.

Melatonin is a natural hormone that plays a role in sleep. Melatonin supplements may help adults with certain sleep disorders, including insomnia, jet lag, and sleep problems related to shift work. Results from some small studies suggest that melatonin may ease mild cognitive impairment in people with Alzheimer’s disease and prevent cell damage associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

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Adults

4 Citation: Clarke TC, Black LI, Stussman BJ, Barnes PM, Nahin RL. Trends in the use of complementary health approaches among adults: United States, 2002–2012. National health statistics reports; no 79. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (240KB PDF)

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Most Used Natural Products

0.7% of U.S. children (419,000) used
melatonin

Melatonin use by children rose significantly, up from 0.1% in 2007. That’s 332,000 more children than in 2007.

Melatonin is a natural hormone that plays a role in sleep. Melatonin supplements may help people with certain sleep disorders. A 2011 literature review suggested melatonin may help with sleep disorders in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or autism. Parents should be aware that many complementary health approaches have not been tested for safety or effectiveness in children.

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Children

5 Citation: Black LI, Clarke TC, Barnes PM, Stussman BJ, Nahin RL. Use of complementary health approaches among children aged 4-17 years in the United States: National Health Interview Survey, 2007-2012. National health statistics reports; no 78. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (229KB PDF)

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