Friday, November 20, 2009

Day 19 - Product Info (Melatonin)

This is the first of a few product plugs you will see. Please don't discount these products. I am posting the nutritional info so everyone can see exactly what I am using during my program.

Melatonin Strips
(Serving Size: 1 -3 strips at bedtime.)
Supplement Facts
Serving Size 2 Strips
Servings Per Cassette 7

Amount Per Serving
Melatonin 3mg
Theanine 15mg

Melatonin: is a naturally occurring hormone that works in the brain to help the body regulate the natural cycle of sleeping and waking. Although melatonin is naturally occurring in the brain, production is inhibited by light and permitted by darkness. Supplementation allows for the brain to regulate itself and thus, providing natural relief from symptoms of jet lag and occasional sleeplessness. Studies have shown that melatonin works to stimulate both the immune and endocrine systems.* Melatonin is a hormone produced in the pineal gland, a small gland in the brain, that helps regulate sleep and wake cycles. Very small amounts of melatonin are found in foods such as meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables. It is also available as a dietary supplement, though it has no known nutritional value.
What does natural melatonin do in the body?
Your body has its own internal clock that helps regulate your natural cycle of sleeping and waking hours (or circadian rhythm) in part by controlling the production of melatonin. Normally, melatonin levels begin to rise in the mid- to late evening, remain high for most of the night, and then decline in the early morning hours. Natural melatonin production is partly affected by light. During the shorter days of the winter months, melatonin production may start earlier or, more often, later. Natural melatonin levels decline gradually with age. Some older adults produce very small amounts of melatonin or none at all.

Theanine: is an amino acid that increases the brains feel good chemicals, serotonin and dopamine. It has been shown to reduce routine mental and physical stress and produce feelings of relaxation and positive mood.* Theanine may help the body's immune response to infection by boosting the disease- fighting capacity of gamma delta T cells. Hundreds of studies exist showing the many health benefits of green tea. But what makes it the most consumed beverage in the world after water is its pleasant taste and relaxation effect. Both of these qualities—and more—can be traced to the neurologically- active amino acid, L-theanine.

Physiological Effects Of Theanine
The calming effect of green tea may seem contradictory to the stimulatory property of tea's caffeine content but it can be explained by the action of L-theanine. This amino acid actually acts antagonistically against the stimulatory effects of caffeine on the nervous system. (1) Research on human volunteers has demonstrated that L-theanine creates a sense of relaxation via at least two different mechanisms. First, this amino acid directly stimulates the production of alpha brain waves, creating a state of deep relaxation and mental alertness similar to what is achieved through meditation. Second, L-theanine is involved in the formation of the inhibitory neurotransmitter, gamma amino butyric acid (GABA). GABA influences the levels of two other neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin, producing the key relaxation effect. (2) When your mother told you to have a cup of tea and relax, what she meant was to have a cup of Theanine, one of Nature's own stress remedies, reduces stress and relieves anxiety.

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