What is 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan)?
5-HTP has been shown to increase REM sleep, deep-sleep, and reduce symptoms of insomnia. Increased levels of endorphins (polypeptides) and other neurotransmitters produced in the brain contribute to mood elevating, relaxing, and analgesic effects.
Clinical research has shown supplementation of 5-HTP to have beneficial effects upon anxiety, depression, obesity, seasonal affective disorder, and the relief and prevention of migraine headaches.
5-HTP works to enhance sleep by increasing the cell's output of serotonin. It is far more efficient than L-tryptophan (a popular sleep remedy) as it is a direct precursor to serotonin and has a conversion percentage of 70% compared to 1-3% for L-tryptophan.
What is Melatonin?
Melatonin is the all natural nightcap. As our eyes register the nightly fall in darkness, melatonin is produced by the pineal gland at the center of the brain and secreted to help our bodies regulate our sleep-wake cycle.
Studies suggest a low dose supplement of melatonin can help us sleep and ease jet-lag. As we age, the amount of melatonin produced by our body decreases. Scientists believe this is why seniors often suffer from diminished sleep capacity.
What is Valerian Root?
Valerian root (valeriana officinalis) has been used for thousands of years for various ailments including sleep problems, digestive problems, nervous system disorders, headaches, and arthritis. It is believed that valerian root has an impact on the availability of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain.
Valerian is also used for conditions connected to anxiety and psychological stress including nervous asthma, hysterical states, excitability, fear of illness (hypochondria), headaches, migraine, and stomach upset.
What is Alpha Passiflora?
Fresh herb extracts of Passiflora incarnata, has been used as herbal calmatives for many years. Also called Passionflower, it is used for sleep problems (insomnia), gastrointestinal (GI) upset related to anxiety or nervousness, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and relieving symptoms related to narcotic drug withdrawal.
Passionflower has also been used for seizures, hysteria, asthma, symptoms of menopause, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), nervousness and excitability, palpitations, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, and pain relief.
What is Hops?
Hops are the female flowers (also called seed cones or strobiles) of the hop plant, Humulus lupulus.
It has been used for anxiety, inability to sleep (insomnia) and other sleep disorders, restlessness, tension, excitability, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), nervousness, and irritability.
What is MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)?
MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane) is a sulfur-containing compound normally found in many of the foods we eat.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) has been used for pain and swelling of the joints caused by osteoarthritis and other similar chronic pains. MSM is also used for relief of allergies, chronic constipation, “sour stomach,” ulcers, a bowel disease called diverticulosis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and mood elevation.
What is Vitamin B3 (Niacin)?
Nicotinic Acid, better known as Niacin, is one natural alternative that can benefit people with depression.
Niacin works rapidly, particularly in its beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. It stimulates circulation, which may help in the treatment of leg cramps caused by circulatory deficiency; headaches, especially the migraine type; and Meniere's syndrome, associated with hearing loss and vertigo. Niacin helps reduce blood pressure.
Niacin deficiency can lead to depression, insomnia and anxiety. Niacin can benefit people with depression by relieving any symptoms that could be related to a deficiency of this important vitamin. Depressed patients are frequently deficient in the B vitamin complex.