Our lifestyle and diet in these stress-filled times is often compromised and results in lowered ‘feel good’ serotonin levels within our brain. As a result, many people are overweight, crave sugar and other carbohydrates, experience bouts of depression, get frequent headaches, and have vague muscle aches and pains.
Even those who regularly exercise or watch their diet may still struggle with these issues and erratic sleep patterns, as they get older. All of these symptoms can be reduced by naturally increasing serotonin levels in the brain.
We’ve had ongoing delighted customer feedback about the excellent effects of Health Script vitamins. The key is the combination of vitamins and minerals in our formulas that create just the right balance. In our PM Relax & Sleep supplement it is the magic mix of the 11 ingredients with 5HTP and Valerian making the difference. 5-HTP (5 Hydroxytryptophan) is an amino acid that is the intermediate step between tryptophan and the critical brain chemical serotonin.
Extensive international evidence suggests that low serotonin levels are a common consequence of modern living and contribute to depression and sleeplessness. We’ve noticed that many of our customers are those suffering hormonal imbalances during midlife when stress and sleeplessness seem to peak. Their excellent response to this product in combination with our AM Feel Alive energy boosting multi-vitamin has improved their mental and physical well being. Although 5-HTP was relatively unknown in New Zealand, it has been available through pharmacies for several years and has been intensely researched for the past three decades.
It has been available in several European countries as a medicine since the 1970s. Its popularity overseas is due to the many advantages natural 5-HTP has over the chemical L-tryptophan. Firstly, because it is one step closer to serotonin, 5-HTP is more effective than L-tryptophan. 5-HTP is also inherently safer. Although L-tryptophan is safe if properly prepared and free of the contaminants linked to severe allergic reaction known as eosinophilia myalgia syndrome (EMS), L-tryptophan is still produced with the help of bacterial fermentation.
In contrast, 5-HTP is isolated from a natural source – a seed from an African plant (Griffonia simplicifolia). Evidence that this natural source of 5-HTP does not cause EMS is provided by researchers who have studied 5-HTP for over 25 years. They state that EMS has never appeared in the patients who received only uncontaminated L-tryptophan or (5-HTP). There are also several studies that show 5-HTP is equal to or better than standard antidepressant drugs and the side effects are much less severe. The natural effect 5-HTP has in supporting Serotonin levels in the brain, is why it is so effective in improving sleep patterns and reducing stress.
Finally, with all the recent negative press and health issues associated with conventional sleeping medications, it’s worth considering a natural sleep remedy like PM Relax & Sleep, which won’t leave you with that awful chemical hangover from chemical sleep medicine.
Health Script’s natural products are Dairy and Gluten free and made to the highest GMP standards here in New Zealand. They are available online at www.healthscript.co.nz – use promo code LiveLong to enjoy $10.00 off and free delivery for any two products purchased. They are also available from Huckleberry Farms Harvest Whole Foods in Grey Lynn, Auckland.