Melatonin Risks & Benefits, What Women In Menopause Need To Know

Deanna Minich, PhD

Today we are taking a deep dive into melatonin for women going through menopause who seem to have some of the most problematic sleep with Dr. Deanna Minich who is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (IFMCP), a nutrition scientist, international lecturer, educator, and author, with over twenty years of experience in academia and in the food and dietary supplement industries. So she really knows what is going on behind the scenes of supplement formulations and will give us the truth on this.

She is now the Chief Science Officer at Symphony Natural Health, a company that makes health and wellness products. She has been super active as a functional medicine clinician in clinical trials and in her own practice with a company called Food & Spirit™. She is the author of six books on wellness topics, four book chapters, and over fifty scientific publications.

She has a crazy full academic background. She studied nutrition science, including a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1995) and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Medical Sciences from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands (1999).

She also served on the Nutrition Advisory Board for The Institute of Functional Medicine and on the Board of Directors for the American Nutrition Association. Currently, she teaches for the Institute for Functional Medicine, University of Western States, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and the Institute for Brain Potential.

Dr. Deanna loves to help people to practically and artfully transform their lives through nutrition and lifestyle through her speaking engagements, workshops, in-person retreats, and her website

Extensive information on the science of melatonin with an update on clinical uses can be found in this recent, 40-page, open-access review article in Nutrients: Minich, D.M.; Henning, M.; Darley, C.; Fahoum, M.; Schuler, C.B.; Frame, J. Is Melatonin the “Next Vitamin D”?: A Review of Emerging Science, Clinical Uses, Safety, and Dietary Supplements. Nutrients 2022, 14, 3934. 


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This episode is sponsored by Oxford Healthspan. The makers of my favorite spermidine supplement Primeadine. Use code ZORA for 15% off Primeadine spermidine here.

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