Most Used Natural Products
1.3% of U.S. adults (3.1 million) used
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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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)