GABA Soothe 30 capsules - GABA, theanine, ashwagandha | Jarrow Formulas
Jarrow Formulas GABA Soothe combines 3 well-studied ingredients that are useful in promoting relaxation and focused awarenss.
These ingredients are
1) PharmaGABA, a naturally fermented, clinically-studied form of gamma-aminobutyric acid,
2) L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea that is known to smooth the stimulant effects of caffeine and facilitate learning ability and
3) Sensoril, a standardized ashwagandha extract that has shown conclusive clinical trial effects in helping the human body better respond to stressful stimuli.
This formula helps the body better respond to stressful stimuli and may benefit learning ability by increasing alpha-waves and reducing stress-related beta-waves to promote calmness while maintaining mental focus.
who can benefit from GABA Soothe?
Persons experiencing mental and/or physical effects of stress wanting to promote a sense of calm, focused awareness and tranquil relaxation without drowsiness.
what distinguishes GABA Soothe?
• clinically proven ingredients
• PharmaGABA - naturally fermented
• 225mg Sensoril Ashwagandha extract (standardized to 8% withanolides)
• calms, soothes & focuses without drowsiness
how does each ingredient function in GABA Soothe?
• Gamma AminoButyric Acid (GABA) promotes physical relaxation and mental focus by increasing brain alpha wave activity and interacting with the GABA neurotransmitter system
• L-theanine found in green tea, supports tranquil relaxation without drowsiness and may support learning ability through its effects on dopamine and serotonin levels
• Withania somniferia (ashwagandha) extract acts as an adaptogen to help the body reduces fatigue, tension and exhaustion associated with everyday stress and stress-related beta-waves
GABA: all brains alert Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter found in the brain. GABA functions to counteract excitatory brain signals helping to promote calmness and mental focus. One way of measuring relaxation and focus is by an EEG (Electroencephalogram). The greater the ratio of alpha waves to beta-waves produced by a brain, the greater the level of calm concentration.
In a human clinical study published in 2006, thirteen human subjects were given 100 milligrams of orally administered PharmaGABA. This led to a significant increase in alpha waves and a decrease in beta-waves as compared to controls. The study authors concluded that “these findings denote that GABA not only induces relaxation but also reduces anxiety.” These effects occurred within sixty minutes of ingestion.
Theanine: relaxation & learning L-theanine was identified as a constituent of green tea in 1949 and in the decades thereafter has become known as the reason for the uniquely calm, but alert, state caused by drinking tea. This differs from the overly excited state often experienced after drinking coffee, despite both having significant quantities of caffeine. Theanine is produced in the roots of the tea plant and then shuttled to the leaves where sunlight converts it to the catechin polyphenols characteristic of tea. Theanine also affects the taste of tea and in an effort to preserve theanine content some cultivators protect their plants from direct sunlight. Like GABA, theanine’s effects can be measured by changes in brain wave patterns.
In a human study conducted in Japan, oral intake of L-theanine “caused a feeling of relaxation among the human volunteers examined” according to the researchers. In following-up these results, eight volunteers were administered L-theanine and monitored by EEG. The researchers noticed an increase in alpha waves to bolster the subjective relaxing effects reported by the study participants. These changes typically occur 30-60 minutes after ingestion.
Another study published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience in 2007, found that L-theanine given to human volunteers resulted in brain states characteristic of higher mental performance and improved attention three hours after ingestion. This study lends further evidence to the effects of L-theanine on learning and memory and augments previous neurochemical studies in animals that have shown oral L-theanine led to increases in brain dopamine and serotonin levels.
Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) has a long history of use in Asia for balancing symptoms associated with stress. The active constituents are generally believed to be a class of compounds called withanolides. Sensoril ashwagandha is a patented proprietary extract of the Withania somnifera plant, and our special extraction process that allows us to obtain concentrated withanolides from the fresh roots and leaves of the plant, providing maximum activity and benefits. In the past, conclusive results using ashwagandha in humans have been difficult to come by despite some elucidating animal research.
A recent, double-blind trial using standardized Sensoril Withania somnifera (ashwagandha) extract (WSE) yielded conclusive results regarding adaptogenic activity in humans. Participants given a daily dose of 125 mg showed signifi cantly decreased levels of physiological and biochemical indicators associated with stress, like pulse rate, blood pressure and serum cortisol, as compared to placebo. Participants also had significantly decreased scores on the modifi ed Hamilton anxiety test (mHAM-A). Other groups given larger quantities (up to 500 mg/day), showed dose-dependent effects without the report of adverse events. As the authors of the study noted in their conclusion, “this study provides evidence that the consumption of WSE significantly reduces experiential and biochemical indicators of stress without adverse effects.”
PharmaGABA is GABA produced through natural fermentation by Lactobacillus hilgardii. Clinical studies show that PharmaGABA can increase brain alpha waves and reduce stress-related beta-waves to promote calmness while maintaining mental focus. Theanine, found in green tea, supports relaxation without drowsiness and may improve learning ability by affecting brain dopamine and serotonin neurotransmitters. Sensoril ashwagandha is clinically proven to reduce fatigue, tension and exhaustion associated with everyday stress.
The combination of the above ingredients provides a complementary support to relaxation and mental focus.
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Influence of the moon on our behaviour
For the longest time, people have felt the influence of the (full) moon on their behaviour.
Especially on cloudless nights, many of us feel an urge to go outside and enjoy watching the full moon. Some will even go so far that they will go on a nightly hike or bike ride.
If this urge still persists today, how influential must the moon it have been in the past when we only could rely on light of the sun, moon and fire?
This is why so many people believe how lunar cycles can and do influence many other aspects of our behaviour and health.
The most persistent one is about its influence on menstruation cycles, fertility and even on the gender of babies. It's not too difficult to understand where this belief comes from: after all, a lunar cycle is almost as long as the average menstruation cycle.
However, until recently, scientists haven't been able to confirm most of the claims.
Only a short while ago it was confirmed how indeed, the full moon does have an impact on the length of our sleep. Even those who live in an urbanized environment, feel the effect of the full moon on their sleep cycle, even though it is far less pronounced than for indigenous people living without artificial light.
About time to explore whether the moon cycle really affects other aspects of our health and/or behaviour.
Feeling sad and stressed due to COVID-lockdown?
Depression in winter time is quite normal, because we aren't exposed to the vitamin D-generating sunrays, which also enhances immunity levels. Fortunately, we can take vitamin D supplements to combat seasonal depression as well as enhance immunity levels.
Another way to chase sadness away is by celebrating, no matter whether that's Sinterklaas, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas or New Year. We will decorate our houses, exchange gifts and overeat , get a bit tipsy and enjoy ourselves.
This year is different: restaurants, shops and even gyms need to close down and we are not allowed to gather together in groups. Lack of entertainment, retail therapy and exercise will make it much more difficult to overcome feelings of depression.
It gets worse when you are among those who work in the tourism or entertainment industry and have lost your job as well as most of your income.
For now it is probably best to just accept the current state of affairs and try to console yourself with non-edible goods, such as nice music with a good book, entertaining movie, and aromatherapy (perfume/room fragrances).
And, weather permitting, put on your walking shoes and go for a long walk in the forests or local park.
But perhaps you have been feeling too stressed to enjoy whatever you still can do to relax? Or you were already feeling sad before COVID-19 came along? In that case, DHEA might help.
Skin hunger: why we crave touch
As we are in the midst of the Easter Holiday, we can't help but feel sad. While Mother Nature is showing abundant signs of spring during a period of incredibly sunny weather, we are barely allowed to go outside other than to do what is absolutely necessary. Our gyms have been closed for almost a month now while in some countries, people aren't even allowed to exercise. Not just group exercise, but also to just jump on a bike and go for long rides.
While couples and families get grumpy from living together in a cramped space, others face different problems: they are living without any companion whatsoever. Therefore it's not a miracle how all of a sudden, pet asylums have been able to 'clear out' their list of unwanted pets. Not just because people have more time at hand to walk a dog (just about the only thing some are allowed to do) but also because they crave the ability to touch a living being, for lack of being able to touch another human.
Somehow, just like the sense of smell is overlooked, this also is true for the sense of touch. Only when we lose it, we crave it. This craving also is called 'touch hunger' or 'skin hunger'.
How to beat andropause, the condition that ails all elderly malesAndropause is a medical condition, similar to the female menopause, that can affect men between the ages of 40 and 65. Men do not have a clear-cut signpost to mark the transition. In women estrogen drops dramatically at menopause, but testosterone levels in men drop very gradually over many years and decades. The bodily changes in andropause occur very gradually in men and may be accompanied by changes in attitudes and moods, fatigue, a loss of energy, sex drive, stamina, and physical agility.
Andropause may be triggered not only by declines in testosterone, but in the "female" hormone estrogen as well.
There is a growing interest, as well as a booming industry, in the use of testosterone therapy for middle-aged and older men. This interest has led to the definition of a new condition, termed 'andropause' implying that this condition is due to falling levels of testosterone. This trend risks replicating both the rejuvenation fads of a century ago and the recent experience in estrogen therapy for menopause that has been propelled for decades by advocacy substituting for reliable scientific evidence. Is testosterone therapy appropriate for men with symptoms of male menopause? There is no scientific agreement on this topic.
But it stands to reason that hormones should be used only as a last resort since they have serious risks if misused.
How to reduce stress with ASMROur brain is programmed to stress us. It does that a lot and on just about any subject. Like a lot of behavioral reactions, stress used to be and still is a survival mechanism that our brain used in order to inject alertness when needed. It’s there so we could harness internal resources and spring into action in a matter of seconds when hunted or hunting.
Fortunately for us, we rarely need to spring into action nowadays to avoid a prowling lion. Today, stress is not helpful and is often counter-productive. When stressed, most of us lose focus and are immersed in unpleasant feelings.
In the past, we needed all that “potential energy” when we faced fight or flight situations. It probably saved our lives more than once. Today, this energy still exists in each of us in certain situations; if it is not discharged via some sort of conduit (either physical or of a more neural nature), it slows us down.
That’s why we need to get creative in the way we release stress. We don’t have time to go on a vacation every week; often we even can’t step away from the almighty computer, tablet, or cell phone.
A healthy gut, a healthy brain
Few people realize how the amount of microbes residing in our gut between the mouth and the end of the large intestine outnumber the amount of human eukaryotic cells by ten to one. This complex ecosystem is formed mainly by bacteria, but also viruses, archae, protozoa and fungi.
Even less known is how gut microbes lays a major role in host health by shaping the development of the immune system, metabolizing dietary nutrients (such as fatty acids, glucose and bile acids) and drugs, digesting complex indigestible polysaccharides and synthesizing vitamins and bioactive molecules.
Throughout different life stages, various changes occur in the microbial diversity of humans.
While babies are massively 'inoculated' with microbes from their mother during birth, smaller amounts enter the baby's gut via the bloodstream and placenta.
After birth, the composition of the gut microbes in the infant changes slowly with age, and stays mostly the same until old age.
While the composition of the gut microbes don't change much in a healthy adult, that is not to say that they aren't vulnerable to outside factors, such as lifestyle, use of antibiotics or even vaccinations, and overall health.
However, outside those factors, diet is one of the most important factors for gut health.
A change in a diet, especially by eating more or less fiber can change the composition of the gut microbitics within a few days. When this change is negative, a dysbiosis can result, characterized by an overgrowth of potentially pathogenic organisms.
This change in the delicate balance between 'good' and 'bad' organisms will result in a 'leaky' gut because of a more porous gut lining and cause chronic inflammation, which can even influence our brain because it also affects our central nervous system. So, as incredible as it sounds, an unhealthy diet can cause you to have an unhealthy brain as well.
This makes it easier to understand why an increasing amount of people try to improve gut health.
What are brain waves?While reading just a single sentence, you will have experienced thousands of brain waves. These waves of electricity flow around our brains every second of the day, allowing neurons to communicate while we walk, talk, think and feel.
Declutter your life and feel liberated!Have you ever looked around in your house upon coming home with a new purchase, to discover you can't find a suitable spot to put it away? Your new fancy mug can't be put up in the cupboard, because it is chockful of mugs and lovely tea cups already. Your new fancy dress can't be hung in the wardrobe as ther's no space left. Sounds familiar, huh?
Memory trainingDo you tend to forget details more easily than before? Here are tips to stay ahead of the memory game.
Believe in yourself: if you believe to have a poor memory, you will unconsciously not make enough effort and as a result, fulfill the prophecy.
Coping with stressWe live in interesting times where stress is accumulating in almost everyone's life due to the world-wide financial crisis wrecking havoc on both national and personal financial security. Even when that does not affect us, there will be stress due to time management problems while having to balance our private and professional life.
Take 1 capsule per day with water or juice on an empty stomach or as directed by your qualified health care consultant
contains per daily serving (1 capsule)
gamma-amino butyric acid (PharmaGABA) 100mg †
theanine (SunTheanine) 100mg †
Sensoril Ashwagandha extract 225mg †
- roots and leaves of Withania somnifera
† = Recommended Daily Intake not established
active ingredients (ashwagandha, gamma-aminobutyric acid (PharmaGABA), theanine), filler (cellulose, vegetable magnesium stearate), anticoagulant (silicon dioxide), capsule (hydroxypropylmethylcellulose)
keep dry and closed at normal room temperature
keep out of reach of young children
If you have a medical condition, are pregnant, lactating, or trying to conceive, are under the age of 18, or are taking medications, consult your health care practitioner before using this product.
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)
suitable for vegetarians and vegans