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Health Experts Caution About Relaxation Drinks Spiked With Melatonin

February 7, 2010: 08:11 AM EST
The relaxation drink market is a small one – about $20 million a year – but the popularity of products like Drank, Dream Water and RelaxZen as sleep-inducing aids, thanks to melatonin, is growing. And so are worries that lacing a beverage with a hormone might be unhealthy. In fact, the FDA recently told the makers of Drank (two mg of melatonin) to prove it was safe to drink. A Harvard Medical School sleep expert warns that "[hormones] should not be put in beverages, since the amount people drink often depends on thirst rather than being taken only when needed …”
SIMONE WEICHSELBAUM, "New melatonin-based drinks help restless sleepers hit the hay with just a gulp - but pack hormones", NYDaily News, February 07, 2010, © NYDailyNews.com
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