By: Crystal Shelton
Theanine is the major amino acid found in green tea. It has historically been used for its relaxing effects. It is believed that theanine may work for relaxation by promoting normal levels of GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) and serotonin. In the central nervous system, GABA is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter. It is synthesized in the brain by the decarboxylation of glutamate. GABA exerts sedative effects at the cellular level.
Roseroot contains a phenylpropanoid glycoside called salidroside. This constituent is also sometimes referred to as rhodioloside or rhodosine. This constituent is thought to be responsible for roseroot’s relaxation and adaptogenic actions (increasing resistance to the harmful effects of stressors). Animal studies have shown protection from stressors, increased work capacity and decreased fatigue. Roseroot extracts also demonstrate potential for supporting learning and memory.
Ashwagandha is an Indian herb known as winter cherry. It tends to be classified as an Indian ginseng. Some research suggests ashwagandha may have a relaxing effect. Preliminary evidence suggests the promotion of normal levels of dopamine receptors in the corpus striatum of the brain. It also appears to promote normal levels of plasma corticosterone, blood urea nitrogen and blood lactic acid. Sensoril® is a clinically tested standardized ashwagandha extract. It’s an industry-leading, multi-patented, all natural extract and contains a minimum of 10% ashwagandha glycowithanolide bioactives. This is the highest level of ashwagandha bioactives of any nutraceutical sold in the industry.
Eleuthero, Siberian Ginseng
Siberian ginseng was discovered in the former northern Soviet Union. It was found to enhance athletic performance and help the body adapt to stress. Eleuthero has been shown to enhance mental acuity without the letdown that comes with caffeinated products. Siberian ginseng is an adaptogen which has a homeostatic or balancing effect on the body. Adaptogens help the body deal with stressful conditions. They work to support adrenal gland function when the body is challenged by stress. In addition to its effect on stress, Eleuthero increases cognitive function.