is a tall, graceful plant with pink, white or purple flowers
that is native to the Americas. The dried root has been used for
centuries as a sleep aid. It may also be effective as a muscle
relaxant and to treat irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual
cramps, digestive disorders due to anxiety and heightened levels
of anxiety. Valerian root extract has been proven effective in
treating insomnia in multiple studies.
has been widely studied as a sleep aid, and to a lesser extent
as an anxiety treatment. Scientists agree that valerian has a
mild sedative effect, but are uncertain of the exact physiology
that produces the effect. There is one interesting facet of the
studies into valerian’s effectiveness as a sleep aid. When
valerian was used as a single dose sedative to induce sleep it
was far less effective than when it was taken in lower doses
daily over the course of two weeks. In the latter case,
participants in several studies reported steady improvement in
falling asleep more easily as the study progressed.
valerian seems to become more effective with continued use,
there may be a cumulative effect, or valerian may help in some
way to fortify or resolve a nutritional lack in the body.
also suggestion that valerian may help relieve anxiety levels
that disturb sleep patterns. This is borne out by subjective
reports from participants in studies that measured anxiety
levels during treatment with valerian.
Benefits of Valerian:
root extract has been used as a sedative for centuries. The
recent studies that support this use also suggest that it may
relieve anxiety that contributes to insomnia, and help reduce
reality, this is a ‘chicken and the egg’ conundrum. People who
have trouble sleeping often report high levels of stress and
anxiety in their lives. Tense muscles and racing thoughts can
contribute to difficulty sleeping. Reducing anxiety often also
resolves the insomnia.
reverse side, the inability to fall asleep frequently produces
anxiety, and disturbed sleep patterns and difficulty falling
asleep contribute to irritability, tension and anxiety during
valerian is effective because it produces drowsiness and induces
sleep, allowing the body to repair itself, or whether it’s
effective because it reduces anxiety over time, making it easier
to fall asleep, or whether it is a combination each compounding
the other, valerian’s effectiveness is proven.
Side Effects of Valerian
recommended doses, valerian root extract has very few, mild and
rare reported side effects. These include itchiness,
gastro-intestinal disturbances, headaches and dizziness, but it
should be noted that those taking placebos in the same studies
reported similar side effects at the same or greater rates.
reported case of a massive overdose of valerian extract, the
effects included dizziness, headache and drowsiness. There are
also reports of rare ‘paradoxical effect’ when using valerian.
is often combined with other ingredients such as chamomile, hops
and passionflower, all of which have been proven to help induce
drowsiness and improve the quality of sleep. Because many of
these ingredients can upset the stomach by reacting with stomach
acids, we prefer
Xtend-Life's natural products Neuro Natural Sleep formula to
other natural sleep aids that we’ve tried. In addition to
providing a formula that promotes healthy sleep using the most
effective, safe ingredients available,
Xtend-Life puts it all together in a tablet that is
specially coated to be kind to your stomach lining.