New Calm Sleep Formula:
Magnesium: plays a role in supporting deep, restorative sleep by maintaining healthy levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that promotes sleep. Research indicates supplemental magnesium can improve sleep quality, especially in people with poor sleep. Magnesium is a macro-mineral, which, unlike trace minerals, is needed by the body in large amounts
Magnesium, Sleep, and Mental Health. Magnesium is well known for its ability to relieve insomnia. One study found that it helps decrease cortisol, the “stress hormone” that can keep you up at night. It also helps muscles relax, to give you that calm “sleepy” feeling and help you unwind after a long day.
L-Theanine: An amino acid found primarily in black and green tea. Clinical studies have shown L-theanine to help induce a sense of calm in patients with anxiety. At typical dosages, e.g., 100-200 mg L-theanine does not act as a sedative, but it does significantly improve sleep quality. Hence it is a good support agent to melatonin and 5-HTP.
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid): is a neurotransmitter found in many that can dampen nerve activity. Healthy people with insomnia often have reduced levels of GABA. Julia Ross, author of The Mood Cure and pioneer in the field of biochemical rebalancing, proclaims that “GABA acts like a sponge, soaking up excess adrenaline and other by-products of stress and leaving us relaxed.”
Phellodendron: One of the 50 most important botanicals in traditional Chinese medicine. It has many health properties because of the numerous anti-oxidants it contains. Additionally, working to help calm the mind, it is often used in combination with other natural ingredients, when creating compelling sleep formulas.
Mucuna pruriens: A tropical legume native to Africa and tropical Asia that is widely naturalized and cultivated. Its effects on dopamine can help achieve a more relaxed feeling and thus, better sleep.
5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan): A naturally occurring amino acid and a building block to serotonin (brain chemical that affects mood, sleep, and pain. As we age, natural levels of 5-HTP appear to decline. Healthy levels of serotonin contribute to a positive mood and outlook and also promote restful sleep.
Melatonin: Hormone produced in the pineal gland in the brain. Melatonin helps control sleep-wake cycles, with levels in the blood rising sharply when the sun goes down. Sleep becomes more inviting. Melatonin levels in the blood stay elevated for about 12 hours - all through the night - before the light of a new day when they fall back to low daytime levels. Daytime levels of melatonin are barely detectable. As we age our night time production of melatonin declines.