Kava

    Kava is a plant native to the South Pacific and a member of the pepper family. It has been used to reduce anxiety, but doesn’t seem to be very effective. Of greater concern is its safety: Back in 2002, the FDA issued a warning against kava supplements, citing more than 25 reports of…

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Valerian

    Valerian is an herb that grows in Europe, Asia, and North America. It is known for its calming effects and is commonly used as a dietary supplement for insomnia, anxiety, and other conditions, such as depression, Valerian is widely available Dietary supplement capsules, tablets, teas, and tinctures are made from its roots and…

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Lemon Balm

  Lemon balm, is a lemon-scented herb that was commonly found in Europe in the Middle Ages but is now grown around the world. Traditionally, it was used as a mild sedative and calming agent and is now being researched for its possible antianxiety effects. Lemon balm is “generally recognized as safe” by the FDA….

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Melatonin

    “Insomnia is a serious worldwide health threat, affecting nearly one third of the general population. Melatonin has been reported to improve sleep efficiency and it was found that eating melatonin-rich foods could assist sleep. During the last decades, melatonin has been widely identified and qualified in various foods from fungi to animals and…

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L-theanine

    L-theanine is the amino acid found in green tea that relaxes you.  It can also be helpful for improving focus, memory, and verbal ability. Researchers have seen improvement in sleep problems, depression, and anxiety. Green tea has the highest amount, but black, white, and oolong all contain L-theanine, in varying amounts. You can…

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Ashwagandha

  Ashwagandha is a plant that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. It is what’s known as an adaptogen, which means it helps the immune system. You will see Ashwagandha recommended for recovering from colds and flu. Recent tests suggest that it also helps relieve stress and improves sleep. You get Ashwagandha in supplement…

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Zinc

    Zinc is an essential mineral found in almost every cell in your body. It sets off hundreds of bio-chemical reactions required to keep your body functioning properly. Deficiency is rare in those who eat a balanced diet. People most susceptible to deficiency would be vegetarians, alcoholics, and those suffering from general malnutrition. At…

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