Liquid Melatonin is a substitute if you do not want to swallow tablets. They have an instant effect on the brain because it is quickly absorbed into the blood stream.
You can get melatonin supplements over the counter in liquid, tablet and sublingual forms. I prefer the liquid form because it is easier to ingest. Some days I am just not in the mood to swallow pills and the liquid form gives me this soothing effect. Am sure most people will agree with this, though choice differs. It comes in 1mg dosage and I take 4 drops 1 hour before I hit my bed.
I have had questions from some of my readers on the side effects of the liquid version of melatonin. First of all let me say that generally it works faster than other forms. Why, you may ask?
Unlike the other forms, the it is absorbed by the mucosa of the mouth and reaches the brain faster. This could take about 3-10 minutes and its reaction sets in. In tablet form, a melatonin supplement has to be broken down and passes through the blood stream before reaching the brain. This takes approximately 20-30 minutes.
The side effects are the same when you use the tablet or other sublingual forms. Check my page on the side effects of taking melatonin for more on that.
Over dosing on melatonin supplements whether liquid or tablet have the same effects. A recent study showed that liquid melatonin can have a stronger side effect in cases of over dosing. This is due to the fact that it is quickly assimilated by the body and can cause instant discomfort. To read more about the Melatonin dosage check here.
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